India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has achieved another milestone in his Test career by becoming the fastest to reach 250 wickets in the game’s history when he dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim on day four of the one-off match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Sunday.
The Tamil Nadu spinner reached the milestone playing in his 45th Test and surpassed the record previously held by Australian pacer Dennis Lillee (48).
However, talking after the match, Ashwin said he was under pressure going into the match.
“It’s been showcased so many times on TV so it put a bit of pressure on me (talking about his record 250th Test wicket). I think I was a bit rusty in the first innings, had a two-week break before that, got into a better rhythm bowling with the new ball in the second innings – something that I enjoy doing a lot,” Ashwin said.
Before the one-off Test, the off-spinner did have some break and made sure he worked on his bowling. The Hyderabad track too is not spinner-friendly and he had to work for the wickets.
“There has been a lot of work that has gone behind my bowling, change in grip, change in my run-up and change of pace. Change of pace is one of the key elements when the wicket is not giving much,” he also said.
Ashwin had a prolific 2016 and wants to enjoy the purple that he is currently going through. Last year, he entered the list of highest wicket-takers in a calendar year by taking 71 wickets in 11 Test matches at an impressive average of 21.32.
“Not very often you get this kind of a purple patch, it is very important I enjoy it,” said Ashwin
When asked about the match situation and India’s chances on the fifth and final, Ashwin feels the first session will be crucial.
“I think it is going to be an interesting game tomorrow because the wicket is not giving much and we will have to be patient. More than the wicket, the pressure will be giving us wickets tomorrow. The morning session will be very important.”
Bangladesh ended the fourth day at 103/3 needing 356 more runs to win the Test and three sessions to survive. Mohammad Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan are the two batsmen who will resume the innings for visiting side and they are playing on the respective score of 9 and 21.