India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added another feather to his cap as he became the joint-fastest with Muttiah Muralitharan to 350 Test wickets. Both the off-spinners took 66 Test matches to reach the milestone. Ashwin achieved the feat on Day 5 of the ongoing 1st Test at Vizag. The 33-year-old clean bowled Theunis de Bruyn to reach the milestone. Ashwin, who is making a comeback to the Indian Test team is being hailed by his fans on social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Out-of-favour India cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who was an off-spinner himself congratulated Ashwin on his achievement.
Here is how some others hailed Ashwin:
Earlier, Ashwin picked up seven wickets in the first innings for 145 runs to help India take a crucial 71-run lead.
“To stay away from (international) cricket itself was very tough for me. In order to substitute, I played whatever games I got. I tried and made an opportunity for myself to go and play some County cricket. I tried and played the TNPL as much as I could, played some league cricket in Chennai,” Ashwin had said after third day’s play. “It was very important to tick those numbers off because that is essentially where I came from. Going back and playing there is probably the best thing that could have happened.”
At the time of filing the copy, South Africa was reeling at 64 for five. The tourists have already lost four wickets in the first session on Day 5. The Proteas have lost the big wickets of skipper Faf Du Plessis (13) and wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock (0).