Mumbai, Nov 15 (): Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest Indian player to take 100 wickets since 1931 and the fastest Indian ever to attain the achievement in 18 Tests. He has achieved this feat during the second match against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
R Ashwin made his debut against the West Indies at the Kotla in November 2011 and his 100 wickets have come from fewer Tests — only 18, than any other Indian bowler.
Ashwin reached the mark with the wicket of Darren Sammy and he surpassed former Indian cricketer Erapalli Prasanna, who had achieved the feat in 20 Test matches and Anil Kumble needed 21 Test matches.
In his debut series, the Tamil Nadu spinner claimed 22 wickets, but he found hard to take wickets in Australia. He took only nine wickets at 62.78 in Australia, but he was able to take a good number of wickets in the subsequent home series against New Zealand, England and Australia, although he did appear out of sorts in the second Test against England at the Wankhede.
Ashwain started his play at the Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test at the Wankhede Stadium with 97 wickets from 17 Tests along with a high on confidence on the back of a second Test century at Kolkata.
He bowled like a champion and took away the dangerous-looking Bravo, who had made 166 runs here two years ago. On the first day of second match against West Indies, the tall off-spinner dismissed left-handers Darren Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine and right-hander and skipper Darren Sammy.
Ashwin has always made an effort to bring in variations in his bowling and has been often criticised for experimenting too much. However, he has reacted to all that, delivering brilliant results on Indian wickets.
At the age of 27, Ashwin is showing definite signs of a desire for more improvement and will be looking forward to the two-Test series in South Africa.