The veteran Indian senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed the tally of th legendary Indian cricketer, Kapil Dev as the spinners have become the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests for India on Sunday against Sri Lanka in the first Test match. The off-spinner dismissed Sri Lankan batter Charith Asalanka to claim his 435th wicket in the longest formats of the game.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have bowled brilliantly in the Test match as Sri Lanka didn’t get many opportunities to score runs and they eventually succumbed to the Indian bowling attack. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a classical off-spinning delivery to the left-hander as he edged the ball and Virat Kohli who was standing at slips took a comfortable catch.
With the dismissal of Asalanka, Ravichandran Ashwin achieved the massive feat. Anil Kumble with a tally of 619 wickets is the only bowler ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in Test cricket for India
Coming back to the match, Sri Lanka resumed Day 3 at 108/4. However, they could manage to add only 66 runs before getting bundled out for a meager score of 174 runs. Right-handed batter Pathum Nissanka was the top scorer for the visitors in their first innings, making an unbeaten 61. The Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who made an unbeaten 175 during the first innings, also bagged a five-wicket haul and he also scalped 4 wickets in the second innings.
After getting bundled out for 174, India invited Sri Lanka to bat again after enforcing the follow-on. The hosts went on to their task straightaway and toppled the Sri Lankan batting order in just 60 overs. Earlier in the game, India after winning the toss decided to bat first with contributions coming from most of the batting order. Jadeja who was announced player of the match was also the top contributor for the home side..
Here is how Twitter reacted as Ravichandran Ashwin broke Kapil Dev’s record:
Fantastic landmark, @ashwinravi99!
To go past @therealkapildev paaji is an achievement in itself.
The way you were going, it was only a matter of time.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 6, 2022
— Abhimanyu Singh Chauhan🇮🇳 (@2AbhimanyuSingh) March 6, 2022
— PRATHAM SINGH (@PRATHAM76821112) March 6, 2022
Ashwin the 2nd highest wkt taker for India after Kumble.
— Sai Subramaniam (@saisudar74259) March 6, 2022
— Nitin Menon (@nitinrajmenon) March 6, 2022
— BlueCap 🇮🇳 (@IndianzCricket) March 6, 2022
— BHAVIN (@Bhavin_2998) March 6, 2022
Ravi Ashwin – the journey started almost 11 years ago against the West Indies and now 11 years later he's India's 2nd highest and overall 9th highest wicket taker in Test cricket history. What a bowler, what a champion. pic.twitter.com/JaAmPh3ZbQ
— Balamurali Repaka (@bm26_tweets) March 6, 2022
— Rajagopalan Krishnan (@rajaryank) March 6, 2022
— Vatsal Mishra (@vatmishra1) March 6, 2022