IND vs SL: In the second test against Sri Lanka, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin passed former captain Kapil Dev’s record of 434 wickets to become the country’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history.
In Test cricket, the off-spinner has taken 442 wickets. Thus, placing him in the top-10 all-time wicket-takers. He is now in eighth rank in the world.
Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Charith Asalanka to surpass Kapil Dev’s record of six wickets in the match. Additionally, during the second Test, Ashwin overtook South African icon, Dale Steyn, in terms of wicket-taking total (439). Ashwin recounted the message he got from the former Indian captain in a video that he put on his YouTube account recently.
“Congratulations! I am overjoyed that you have smashed my record. You have done India and the world proud! I wish you and your family the best of success in your endeavours,” the former Indian captain sent his letter to Ashwin.
Previously, Ashwin had expressed his delight at being India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, a feat that he had achieved earlier this year.
“I’m feeling quite humbled. When Kapil Paaji broke Richard Hadlee’s world record 28 years ago, I was there with my father, cheering him on,” Ashwin had remarked on his own YouTube account.
“I never saw me surpassing his total of wickets, not even in my wildest fantasies. It’s because I’ve always wanted to be a batsman, even when I was as young as eight years old. My passion for batting began in 1994. At the time, Sachin Tendulkar was just breaking into the scene, and Kapil Dev was himself a fantastic hitter of the cricket ball,” Ashwin said.
IND vs SL: Ravichandran Ashwin remembered his start of playing days
Further, Ravichandran Ashwin remembered how he began bowling medium pace on his father’s guidance during his early days as a professional cricketer. However, he then switched to off-spin and established himself as one of India’s most effective match-winners in international cricket.
“On my father’s suggestion, I used to bowl at a medium pace with the hopes of becoming the next Kapil Paaji, which I failed to achieve.
It took a long time for me to get to the position of off-spinner and to represent India for so long. In fact, I never imagined that I would be selected to represent India. I am quite thankful and humbled by this accomplishment,” Ashwin said in the video.
Ashwin has now heaped praise on the MCC’s decision to modify its rules on run-outs at the non-strikers end, stating that bowlers should no longer have any “second thoughts” about removing a batsman who steps out before the bowler delivers.
The off-spinner went on to say that the choice not to run out the batsman at the bowler’s end may have a career-ending effect.