Ravichandran Ashwin , 30, Indian off-spinner, has achieved another milestone in his cricketing career after taking the prized wicket of Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper in the first Test at Kanpur. "Kane Williamson is not a bad 200th scalp. I had a few good wickets in my career. AB de Villiers in Nagpur was very well set up," a delighted Ashwin said.
The feat makes Ashwin the fastest Asian and second quickest bowler in the world to reach the milestone of taking 200 Test wicket in just 37 Tests. Ashwin had already claimed 193 wickets before the commencement of the match in 36 Tests.
The lanky spinner has bettered the record held earlier by Waqar Younis, Pakistan's fast bowler, to achieve the same feat in 38 Tests.
Earlier, Ashwin was deprived of an opportunity to become the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets during Test series against West Indies due to a wet outfield in the final Test match. Ashwin could have matched the record of Clarrie Grimmett, Australian leg-spinner, to claim 200 wickets in 36 Tests if the final match between India and West Indies was not washed out. "It's fine. There are a lot of good things to look at. Lot of good memories in my 5-6 years of international cricket. Looking back and feeling sour is not the right way to go about it," he said.
Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan managed to take 200 wickets in 42 Tests, followed by Lance Gibbs of the West Indies, Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq and India’s Harbhajan Singh.
Earlier, Ashwin had also become the player to claim six Man-of-Series awards at the end of fourth and final Test between India and West Indies at Port of Spain, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's and Virender Sehwag's record of receiving five Man-of-Series awards. This Chennai cricketer, who made his debut against the West Indies in 2011, is currently ranked third in the International Cricket Council ratings for Test bowlers.