Former England skipper, Kevin Pietersen reckons that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has a lot more to offer to world cricket and that makes him the potential of being India’s all-time greatest bowlers. Ashwin on Thursday dismissed Jofra Archer to get his 400th Test wicket.
With it, Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian and the second-fastest bowler in the world after Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan surpassed the tally of 400 wickets in Test cricket. Pietersen said that Ashwin is a very smart bowler and knows how to get the best out of all kinds of conditions.
Talkinga bout Ashwin further, Kevin Pietersen said, “It’s a fabulous effort for Ravi Ashwin to have become the second-fastest bowler to reach 400 Test match wickets. He is a very smart bowler, who knows exactly how to get the best out of the conditions that he is given both home and away. He’s got so much variety and so much control to go with it.”
He further added, “He’s been marvelous in all formats and I suspect he has plenty more in the tank to become one of their all-time great bowlers.”
On Thursday, Ashwin also managed to surpass the tally of the Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon on the overall list of highest wicket-takers in Test cricket to grab 16th place. The list is headed by Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan with a tally of as many as 800 wickets.
R Ashwin also went past 600 international wickets on Thursday, becoming the 5th Indian bowled to surpassing the milestone. Anil Kumble (956), Harbhajan Singh (711), Kapil Dev (687), and Zaheer Khan (610) had achieved the feat before Ashwin. India and England will be locking horns with each other in the final Test of the four-match series in Ahmedabad scheduled to be commencing on February 4.