India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scripted history on Sunday by becoming the joint-fastest bowler to take 350 Test wickets, achieving the feat in the fifth day of the first Test of the three-match series against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.
Ashwin, who had had last played a Test match for India in December 2018, was roped in the Indian team for the series against South Africa. The 33-year-old grabbed the opportunity with both the hands by scalping seven wickets in the first innings of South Africa at the ACA-VDCA Stadium. In the second innings, Ashwin bowled out overnight batsman Theunis de Bruyn for 10 early in the morning session to reach the milestone in his 66th Test match.
The feat achieved by Ashwin is the joint-fastest as Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired in 2010, had also claimed 350 wickets in as many Test matches.
Meanwhile, India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to felicitate the bowler.
“Congratulations Ravichandran Ashwin for getting fastest 350 test wickets.. wish u many more,” tweeted Harbhajan.
Congratulations @ashwinravi99 for getting fastest 350 test wickets.. wish u many more 🏏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 6, 2019
Talking about Ashwin, he has registered five-wicket hauls 27 times in his career.