New Delhi: The second Test between India and England is a big opportunity for experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to achieve important achievements in his Test career. Currently with 496 wickets in Test cricket, Ashwin is just four wickets away from reaching the coveted 500 wicket mark. If he manages to dismiss four players in the second Test match, he will join an exclusive club that only Anil Kumble (619 wickets) belongs to among Indian spinners.
Moreover, in terms of domestic Test matches, Ashwin is on the verge of surpassing Anil Kumble’s record of 350 wickets. Kumble had achieved this feat during his illustrious Test career. Ashwin currently has 343 wickets in Test matches played in India. If he manages to take seven wickets in the second Test against England, he will equal Kumble’s record. If he takes eight wickets, Ashwin will become the leading wicket-taker in Indian Test matches, a major achievement in his already storied career.
As Ashwin approaches these milestones, he has a chance to cement his place among the greatest players of Indian cricket of all time. His contribution to the team’s success as both a bowler and lower-order batsman has been significant. If he continues to perform at his best, Ashwin can eventually look to cross the 600 wicket mark and etch his name in the annals of Test cricket history along with legendary bowlers like Muttiah Muralitharan, who has 800 Test wickets. There is a record. The upcoming match in Visakhapatnam promises to be a crucial moment in Ashwin’s career as he chases these important achievements.