February 12, 2017 - 3:38pm
On the fourth day of the one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad Ravichandran Ashwin broke a Test record that stood for decades.
The Chennai-born offspinner took just 45 games to reach the milestone of reaching 250 wickets, surpassing Dennis Lillee’s record who took 48 matches, reports sportskeeda
Ashwin reached the landmark when he removed Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim for 127 just before lunch on Day 4. While Lillee took 10 years to claim those scalps, Ashwin did it in less than 6 years time.
The tweaker has been quite a sensation in Test matches for team India where in 2016 he bagged 72 wickets from 12 games to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the cricketing world for the second year running. The 30-year-old had earlier surpassed the likes of Pakistan legend Waqar Younis and Dennis Lillee to be the second quickest to 200 Test wickets when he picked up a 10 wicket haul against New Zealand in Kanpur last September.
Ashwin got to the landmark in his 37th Test while Waqar and Lillee both did it in 38.The No.1 spot is still held by former Australia leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett, who took just 36 Tests to claim his 200th victim.