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Ravichandran Ashwin Set To Mark 100th Test Milestone: A Look At His Record-Breaking Career
By CricShots - Mar 1, 2024 5:37 pm
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Indian off-spinning stalwart Ravichandran Ashwin is on the cusp of a significant milestone as he prepares to mark his 100th Test appearance for India on March 7. With this landmark, Ashwin solidifies his stature as one of India’s premier bowlers in contemporary cricket, renowned for his crafty off-spin and valuable contributions with the bat in crucial moments.

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Ravichandran Ashwin takes 500 Test wickets

Let’s delve into five key accomplishments that have defined Ashwin’s illustrious journey to his 100th Test match.

  • Fastest Landmark Wickets: Ravichandran Ashwin holds the distinction of being the quickest player to reach multiple milestones in Test cricket, including 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, and 500 wickets for India. His prowess was evident when he became the ninth cricketer globally and the second Indian to achieve the remarkable feat of 500 Test wickets, a milestone he reached during the Rajkot Test against England.

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  • Four 50+ Wicket Hauls in a Calendar Year: Ravichandran Ashwin’s consistency is underscored by his feat of securing 50 or more wickets in a single calendar year on four occasions, a record unparalleled by any other Indian player. His impressive hauls of 62, 72, 56, and 54 wickets in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2021 respectively highlight his dominance across different seasons.

 

  • Most Five and 10-Wicket Hauls: In tandem with the legendary Anil Kumble, Ashwin shares the record for the most five-wicket and 10-wicket hauls for India in Test cricket. Both players boast an impressive tally of 35 five-wicket hauls and eight 10-wicket hauls in their careers, with Ashwin achieving this milestone in just 99 Tests.
  • A century and Five-Wicket Haul in a Match: Ashwin’s ability to excel with both bat and ball is exemplified by his feat of scoring a century and claiming a five-wicket haul in the same Test match, a rare accomplishment in cricket. He has achieved this remarkable feat on three occasions, showcasing his all-round prowess and match-winning capabilities.

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  • Fourth Most Player of the Match Awards: With nine Player of the Match awards in Test cricket, Ashwin stands as one of India’s most impactful performers on the field. His consistent match-winning contributions have earned him accolades, placing him in esteemed company alongside cricketing legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Rahul Dravid.

As Ashwin gears up for his 100th Test, these remarkable achievements serve as a testament to his indomitable spirit, skill, and unwavering dedication to the game of cricket.