Stats: Ravi Ashwin becomes the 2nd fastest to 200 Test wickets

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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)