BCCI President and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday hailed Ravichandran Ashwin for finishing the decade as the highest wicket-taker in international cricket but feels his achievement has not got the recognition it deserves.Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja? Australia ODI Captain Aaron Finch Gives His Take on Who's More Difficult to Face
Ganguly tweet came after International Cricket Council (ICC) listed the top wicket-takers of the decade. Ganguly tweeted a screenshot of an Instagram post by the ICC listing the top wicket-takers. Also Read - IPL 2020: KXIP Trade Ravichandran Ashwin to Delhi Capitals For Rs 1.5 Crore; Also Asked for Trent Boult as Part of Trade-Off
Ashwin tops the list with 564 wickets under his belt and is the only spinner to feature in the list. England duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad followed him with 535 and 525 wickets respectively. New Zealand’s Tim Southee (472) and Trent Boult (458) are fourth and fifth. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin And Kings XI Punjab Have Parted Ways Amicably, Says KXIP Co-Owner Ness Wadia
“Most international wickets for Ashwin this decade @ashwinravi99 @bcci .. what an effort .. just get a Feeling it goes unnoticed at times .. super stuff .. (sic.)” Ganguly captioned the post on his official Twitter handle.
Ashwin lost his place in India’s limited-overs squad after the loss in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against Pakistan. The rise of wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal also sidelined him from India’s scheme of things in white-ball cricket.
Since making his international debut in 2010, the 33-year-old has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific bowlers in world cricket.
Ashwin may have lost his place in India’s ODI and T20I teams but has only gone from strength to strength in Test cricket. He is the fastest Indian bowler to reach 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 and 350 wickets in Test cricket.