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Ravichandran Ashwin Becomes 3rd Indian Bowler With Most Wickets In International Cricket

Ravichandran Ashwin Becomes 3rd Indian Bowler With Most Wickets In International Cricket

The ace off-spinner created history as he surpassed Kapil Dev’s record of most wickets by an Indian in international cricket during the 1st innings of the 3rd test match against Australia played at Holkar Stadium, Indore on 2 March 2023.

R Ashwin was bought late into the attack by Rohit Sharma. He got the breakthrough dismissing Peter Handscomb with a good catch by Shreyas Iyer at short leg. Umesh Yadav wreaked havoc to put enough pressure on the Australian batting. Ashwin got Alex Carey in front of the wicket going past Kapil Dev’s record. He then ended the innings by getting rid of Nathan Lyon to grab his 3rd scalp in this innings.

During this series, R Ashwin picked his 450th wicket in the first Test match at Nagpur. He then created enough pressure during 2nd Test in New Delhi. Ashwin has now 687 scalps including Tests, T20I, and ODI cricket.

Anil Kumble holds the top spot with 953 wickets including 619 in Test matches and 337 wickets in One-day international cricket. Harbhajan Singh occupies the second position with 707 scalps including 417 in Test matches, 269 in One-day internationals, and 25 in T20Is.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Photo: Twitter)

R Ashwin’s performance in international cricket

R Ashwin has been the backbone of the Indian Cricket Test team for a long time. He made his Test debut in 2011 against West Indies and created a major impact on Indian pitches which has a lot of spins and bites for the spinners.

Ashwin has picked so far 466 wickets from 91 matches ( 171 innings) with best figures of 7 for 59 at an economy of 2.78 runs per over.  He grabbed a total of 31 five-wicket hauls in Test matches and 7 10-wicket hauls in a match. His performance on Indian pitches has been outstanding so far.

The veteran off-spinner made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 5 June 2010. He played a total of 113 matches (111 innings) and picked 151 wickets at an economy of 4.94 runs per over.  He featured in the last ODI match on 21 January 2022 against South Africa.

Ashwin played a total of 65 T20I matches ( 65 innings) and grabbed a total of 72 wickets with best figures of 4 for 8 at an economy rate of 6.90 runs per over. He was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

He has a total of 689 wickets from 269 matches ( 347 innings) at an economy rate of 3.38 runs per over and best figures of 7 for 59 in Test matches.

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