Stats: Ravi Ashwin becomes the 2nd fastest to 200 Test wickets
Published - Sep 25, 2016 12:24 pm | Updated - Sep 25, 2016 12:32 pm
Ravichandran Ashwin bagged yet another record in Test cricket as he became the 2nd fastest to the 200 wickets milestone in the longest format of the game. Ashwin, playing in his career’s 37th Test at Kanpur vs New Zealand, completed 200 wickets in Test cricket with the wicket of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on day 4. Thus he stood 2nd on the list of quickest to 200 Test wickets only behind Australia Clarrie Grimmett, who took in 36 Tests.
This milestone puts him ahead of some of the great names in the cricketing history. By reaching the 200 wickets in just his 37 Test, He has now overtaken the likes of Dennis Lillee, Waqar Younis, Dale Steyn and Shane Warne. All of these legends took more number of matches than Ashwin to achieve this feat during their career.
Ravi Ashwin, who was the fastest to 50, 100 and 150 wickets mark for India in Tests, now became the fastest to 200 wickets as well. He took 9 matches each for his first two set of fifty wickets (1-50 and 51-100) while 11 for his 3rd set of fifty wickets (101-150). However, he took just 8 matches for his 4th set of fifty wickets (151-200).
Fastest to 200 wickets in Test cricket:
|Player||Team||Matches taken||Time||Debut||Match Date||Opposition||Ground|
|Clarrie Grimmett||Australia||36||10y 353d||27-Feb-1925||15-Feb-1936||South Africa||Johannesburg|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||India||37||4y 321d||6-Nov-2011||22-Sep-2016||New Zealand||Kanpur|
|Dennis Lillee||Australia||38||9y 3d||29-Jan-1971||1-Feb-1980||England||Melbourne|
|Waqar Younis||Pakistan||38||6y 23d||15-Nov-1989||8-Dec-1995||New Zealand||Christchurch|
|Dale Steyn||South Africa||39||5y 175d||17-Dec-2004||10-Jun-2010||West Indies||Port of Spain|
|Ian Botham||England||41||4y 30d||28-Jul-1977||27-Aug-1981||Australia||The Oval|
|Stuart MacGill||Australia||41||9y 282d||30-Jan-1998||8-Nov-2007||Sri Lanka||Brisbane|
|Malcolm Marshall||West Indies||42||7y 82d||15-Dec-1978||7-Mar-1986||England||Port of Spain|
|Shane Warne||Australia||42||3y 340d||2-Jan-1992||8-Dec-1995||Sri Lanka||Perth|
|Allan Donald||South Africa||42||5y 343d||18-Apr-1992||27-Mar-1998||Sri Lanka||Centurion|
Among Indians, Harbhajan Singh was previous fastest to the milestone taking 46 matches while Ashwin took just 37 games, 9 less than the turbonator.
Fastest to 200 wickets in Test cricket by Indians:
|Player||Matches taken||Time||Debut||Match Date||Opposition||Ground|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||37||4y 321d||6-Nov-2011||22-Sep-2016||New Zealand||Kanpur|
|Harbhajan Singh||46||7y 172d||25-Mar-1998||13-Sep-2005||v Zimbabwe||Bulawayo|
|Anil Kumble||47||8y 59d||9-Aug-1990||7-Oct-1998||v Zimbabwe||Harare|
|BS Chandrasekhar||48||13y 343d||21-Jan-1964||30-Dec-1977||v Australia||Melbourne|
|N Kapil Dev||50||4y 146d||16-Oct-1978||11-Mar-1983||v West Indies||Port of Spain|
|Bishan Singh Bedi||51||10y 14d||31-Dec-1966||14-Jan-1977||v England||Chennai|
|Javagal Srinath||54||9y 339d||29-Nov-1991||3-Nov-2001||v South Africa||Bloemfontein|
(Stats updated till 25th September, 2016)