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Ashwin follows the Legend Lillee, Become fastest to reach 300 Test wickets

In the past many years, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble have broken many records with their spin balling in Test cricket, but none of these couldn’t break the record of  Australian Legend bowler Dennis Lillee’s record of the fastest 300 Test wickets. But finally the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has broken the record and became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking the 36 year old record during India’s win over Sri Lanka in the second Test.  

Australian fast bowling legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Test matches way back in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to darken the record. Ashwin is also ahead of some of the well-known names, who had completed the milestone in quick time. Players took minimum 70 matches to reach 300 Test wickets 

Player Opp. Venue Match Date Debut Mat
R Ashwin (IND) SL Nagpur 24-Nov-17 6-Nov-11 54
D Lillee (AUS) PAK Brisbane 27-Nov-81 29-Jan-71 56
M Muralitharan (SL) SA Durban 26-Dec-00 28-Aug-92 58
R Hadlee (NZ) AUS Wellington 21-Feb-86 2-Feb-73 61
M Marshall (WI) AUS Melbourne 24-Dec-88 15-Dec-78 61
D  Steyn (SA) NZ Cape Town 2-Jan-13 17-Dec-04 61
S Warne (AUS) SA Sydney 2-Jan-98 2-Jan-92 63
A Donald (SA) NZ Bloemfontein 17-Nov-00 18-Apr-92 63
G McGrath (AUS) WI Perth 1-Dec-00 12-Nov-93 64
F Trueman (ENG) AUS The Oval 13-Aug-64 5-Jun-52 65
Waqar Younis (PAK) SL Colombo (SSC) 14-Jun-00 15-Nov-89 65
A Kumble (INDIA) ENG Bengaluru 19-Dec-01 9-Aug-90 66
Imran Khan (PAK) ENG Leeds 2-Jul-87 3-Jun-71 68
M Johnson (AUS) ENG Birmingham 29-Jul-15 8-Nov-07 69
R Herath (SL) ENG Chester-le-Street 27-May-16 22-Sep-99 69
Wasim Akram (PAK) ENG The Oval 22-Aug-96 25-Jan-85 70

Ashwin’s  Road to 300 Test Wickets

Wicket No. Mat Venue Opp. Match Date Time
50 9 Ahmedabad ENG 15-Nov-12 1y 9d
100 18 Mumbai WI 14-Nov-13 2y 8d
150 29 Mohali SA 5-Nov-15 3y 364d
200 37 Kanpur NZ 22-Sep-16 4y 321d
250 45 Hyderabad  BAN 9-Feb-17 5y 95d
300 54 Nagpur SL 24-Nov-17 6y 18d


Ahwin’s Overall Batting and Bowling Stats in Test Cricket

  M Inn NO Runs HS Avg SR 100 50
Test 54 75 10 2051 124 31.6 54.8 4 11


  M Inn B Wkts Econ Avg 5W 10W
Test 54 101 15636 300 2.9 25.1 26 7

Although Ashwin is not part of limited over cricket in current scenario but he is an asset to team India especially in Test cricket with hi all rounder abilities he can change the game any time with his bat or ball. Recently he has proved in county cricket also playing for his team Worcestershire. He has good season on the pitches that support fast bowlers; he ended up picking 20 wickets and 214 runs in 4 last matches in county cricket which defienitly help him and team India tour to South Africa tour.

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