Ravi Ashwin eyeing a new milestone against Bangladesh
Ashwin would be eyeing himself for a lot more, considering the depleted Bangladeshi line-up.
Updated - Nov 13, 2019 3:27 pm
The World’s No.1 ranked Test side in the world, India will look to continue with their dominance in the longer format of the game when they take on a depleted Bangladesh unit in the first Test of the two-match series at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. And, ace off-spinner Ravi Ashwin will be on the cusp of adding him name into another elite list.
In 41 Tests on home soil, the champion off-spinner has claimed 249 wickets at a barely believable average of 22.84 which includes a colossal 21 five-wicket hauls, while in overseas conditions, the former Chennai Super Kings’ spearhead has taken 108 wickets at 31.39. The off-spinner is fifth on the list of bowlers (357 wickets) with the most number of dismissals in this decade; a list spearheaded by England’s James Anderson, who has claimed 427 wickets in 105 Tests.
Ravi Ashwin on the cusp of history
The premier off-spinner, Ashwin is just one wicket away from completing 250 Test wickets at home. Ashwin, who equaled Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of being the fastest to claim 350 Test wickets (in 66 Tests) in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa, has been a cornerstone of success for the Test team in home conditions ever since he made his debut against the West Indies back in 2011.
As far as taking wickets in India is concerned, the list is spearheaded by former champion leg-spinner and captain Anil Kumble, who picked up 350 wickets and second on the list is Harbhajan Singh with 265 scalps. Ashwin will become only the third Indian to achieve the feat of 250 wickets on home soil in the coming series against Bangladesh. And, he would be eyeing himself for a lot more, considering the depleted Bangladeshi line-up.
However, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is not willing to take the Tigers likely, “Bangladesh is a very good team. We played very well against South Africa but that’s past now. With World Test Championship, every match is equally important. We like to take one game at a time which is Indore now. We completely respect the Bangladesh team and we are going to play to our strength rather than thinking about theirs,” Rahane said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
The first Test match in Indore starts on November 14.