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R Ashwin is a thinking cricketer who is continually reinventing himself: VVS Laxman

March 2, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

VVS Laxman reckoned that Ravichandran Ashwin is a thinking cricketer who is continually reinventing himself. Ashwin broke the 400-wicket mark in Tests in the recent pink-ball match against England. Ashwin is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan in the list of fastest bowlers to take 400 Test wickets. Muralitharan accomplished the feat in just 72 matches. Other Indian bowlers to have claimed more than 400 wickets are Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417). 

VVS Laxman and Aakash Chopra were questioned about what makes Ravichandran Ashwin so unique. Laxman observed that Ashwin is at the top of his game when operating against the best. He cited the example of Ashwin's domination over Steve Smith in the 2020 Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Ashwin is the quickest bowler to reach 250, 300 and 350 wickets in Test cricket

Ashwin was among the highest wicket-takers for the Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2020. He continued his form against Australia, which the visitors won by a 2-1 margin.

Talking about the on-going series against England, the 34-year-old has been in great form with both bat and ball. He has so far picked up 24 wickets and scored 176 runs, including a hundred in the second Test. In addition to 400 Test wickets, Ashwin has taken 150 wickets in ODIs and 52 in T20Is since his international debut in 2010.

Ravichandran Ashwin made his Test debut against West Indies in 2011. The 34-year-old is the quickest bowler to reach 250, 300, and 350 wickets in Test cricket. Widely acknowledged as one of the best spinners among the current generation of players, Ashwin has been the key to India's successes in the game's purest format. He has retained his position as India's frontline bowler in home Tests for several years now. Ashwin will be keen to sign off the series on a high note, leading the bowling unit and taking India to the ICC World Test Championship final.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh