Ravichandran Ashwin got to his fifth Test ton as India scored 286 in the second innings setting England a target of 482 to win. Mohammed Siraj was batting with him at the other end, when Ashwin got to his landmark on his home ground. Ashwin and Siraj added a 49-run stand which helped India get past 250-run mark in the second innings and stretch their lead well past 450.
Earlier in the game, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up five for 43 with the ball to limit England to 134 in their first innings. In the process, Ashwin went past a few records. He got to 200 left-handed dismissals and Harbhajan’s tally of 266 wickets at home.
With his 266th scalp in the form of Ben Stokes on Sunday, Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan’s tally of 265 Test wickets in India. Ashwin is now only behind the legendary Anil Kumble, who has 350 Test wickets to his name in India.
Responding to Ashwin’s comments, Harbhajan took to Twitter and wished the Tamil Nadu spinner more success in the future. “You are a champion @ashwinravi99 I wish you many more records far bigger than this.. keep it up.. More power to you brother God bless,” Harbhajan wrote in a tweet.
Harbhajan Singh Responds To Ravichandran Ashwin’s Comments
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 14, 2021
With 417 Test wickets to his name overall, Harbhajan is still ahead of Ashwin on the list of highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket. Ashwin is currently on 391 wickets, nine short of the 400-mark.
Anil Kumble with 619 Test wickets is still India’s highest wicket-taker in the format and the third-highest overall. Kapil Dev (434) and Kumble along with Ashwin are still ahead of Ashwin in the list of top-wicket takers for India in Tests. Ashwin is just 28 wickets short of surpassing Harbhajan’s tally.