Ashwin targets 600 Test wickets

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Ravichandran Ashwin who became the quickest to reach 300 wickets in the history of Test cricket today (27) says he would try to achieve 600-wicket mark in Tests.

India’s ace off-spinner broke the record of Australian legend Dennis Lillee set in 1981, reaching the landmark in 54 Test matches.

Lillee took 56 matches to reach the same mark.

After his record-breaking show that helped India register a massive 239-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Nagpur, Ashwin said he now hopes to double his tally of 300 Test wickets.

“I really hope I can go on to double these 300 wickets. I’ve only played 50 Tests,” said the 31-year-old off-spinner.

“It’s not easy bowling spin, it looks like you’re just ambling up. But there’s a lot (that goes) behind it.”

Ashwin, who is currently ranked fourth in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, claimed the wickets of Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath and Lahiru Gamage on the fourth day to reach the milestone.

Ashwin, who had accounted for four Sri Lankan batsmen in the first innings, ended with impressive match figures of eight for 130.

Ashwin is only the eighth spinner in the world to achieve 300 Test wickets, following his countrymen Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

Ashwin also beat Muttiah Muralitharan, who had been the fastest spinner to 300 wickets, by as many as four Tests.

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