Over the past two years, R Ashwin has spoken about wanting to be the best in the business and his drive for excellence culminated in records. He is the fastest to 250 wickets, record number of seven Man-of-the-Series awards and honour of becoming ICC Cricketer of the year.

“I have played a significant part in every single Indian victory ever since I started playing for the country. I am not saying it in a tone of arrogance or cockiness. That’s what I have strived hard to achieve. I want to be the decisive factor wherever I go. Once I become the best beggar in the city, I would want to be the best in the country and so forth. I am happy the way I am.”

When asked whether he wants to emulate Muttiah Muralitharan in his career, the offspinner said he is not thinking about breaking Murali’s record yet. (Also Read: Don’t try to take advantage of BCCI’s current mess, says Ravi Shastri)

“In reality, that’s not something I am looking at. It’s a massive achievement to go anywhere near Murali’s tally of 800 wickets. If I get there, it would be like surpassing my human limit.”

“I started playing Tests a bit late and I have always fought against the odds. And, I don’t think I would want to extend one wicket more than what Anil Kumble (619) achieved. That’s a matter of honour,” Ashwin said.