Ravichandran Ashwin has ensured memories of his historic feat during the one-off Test against Bangladesh cricket team at Hyderabad remain etched forever. (Day 5 highlights)
The India cricket team off-spinner, who became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test victims, reaching the mark in just 45 matches, made Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim sign the match ball on the sidelines of the presentation ceremony. Ashwin surpassed Australiann bowling great Dennis Lillee, who reached the milestone in 48 Tests. (Scorecard)
Matches taken by Ravichandran Ashwin to reach the following milestones- pic.twitter.com/NS6uLG0KHv— Smriti Sinha (@smritisinha99) February 12, 2017
Ashwin had claimed his 250 wicket after dismissing Mushfiqur (127), caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha on the penultimate day of the match.
Ashwin then took to Twitter and posted a picture of the match ball: “(Sic)Historic 250th wicket at The uppal stadium Hyderabad. Thanks to all the wonderful ppl who came out to support us,” he tweeted.
Historic 250th wicket at The uppal stadium Hyderabad.Thanks to all the wonderful ppl who came out to support us.🙏 pic.twitter.com/JXkiNl84Oq— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 13, 2017
“Good to have the record out of the way,” Ashwin said after the end of fourth day’s play on Sunday. “Today was one of those days when I started enjoying my spell right from the start.”
Ashwin claimed 2/98 in the first innings and 4/73 in the second essay as Bangladesh folded up for 250 to lose the Test by 208 runs. “It was a delight to bowl in the second innings. I was a little rusty in the first innings, got into a better rhythm in the second innings straightaway, bowling with the new ball,” Ashwin added.
He is the sixth Indian bowler after current coach Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Zaheer Khan (311), Bishan Singh Bedi (266) to take 250 Test wickets.
The BCCI later posted pictures of Ashwin tutoring Bangladesh’s rising spinner Mehdi Hasan Miraz as the youngster paid rapt attention to learn the nuances of spin bowling from the World No 1 Test bowler and all-rounder.