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Ravichandran Ashwin has become the fastest player in Test history to take 300 wickets. He achieved the landmark feat, surpassing Australian bowling great Dennis Lillee, during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur on Monday. This was Ashwin’s 54th Test match, two less than it took for Lillee to reach the figure of 300 Test wickets.
Ashwin claimed four Sri Lankan wickets as India crushed Sri Lanka by a massive margin of an innings and 239 runs on the fourth day of the Nagpur Test. He had taken four wickets in the first innings as well. India now lead the series 1-0.
Dennis Lillee had held the record for being the fastest to reach 300 wickets since 1981. Incidentally, Ravichandran Ashwin had broken Lillee’s record of the fastest 250 wickets as well. He had done this while playing his 45th Test match, three less than the number of matches taken by the Australian pacer to reach the landmark.
The star off-spinner, who has played a key role in several Indian Test wins over the past few years, has a career-best bowling figure of 7-59 in Tests. The bowler made his Test debut versus the West Indies in Delhi in November 2011.
Ravichandran Ashwin has an impressive record in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) as well, having taken 150 wickets in 111 matches, but has not featured in the Indian squad for recent matches. However, he is a regular in Tests, where his bowling has consistently helped India post big victories, particularly against teams touring India. He has also played some useful innings while batting, scoring four centuries and 11 half-centuries.
When it comes to T20 cricket, the 31-year-old has represented Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. It was while playing for the Super Kings that Ashwin caught the eye of the Indian cricket selectors who picked for India’s Test squad.