Ashwin joins Kumble and Harbhajan in elite Test list

Indore: Ravichandran Ashwin added a new feather into his already illustrious cap during the opening day of first Test against Bangladesh at Holkar Stadium here on Thursday. For India bowlers led the way by striking early blows and later at regular intervals to break the backbone of Bangladesh batting line-up.

Ashwin, who couldn’t open his account in the first session, came back strongly in the second and dismissed opposition skipper Mominul Haque with a beauty of a delivery.

The batsman failed to read a straighter one from Ashwin and offered no shot at the delivery. The ball crashed into Mominul’s stumps and he became the fourth Bangladesh batsmen to head back into the hut. As for Ashwin, this wicket helped him join two Indian stalwarts in an elite Test list.

Ashwin became only the third Indian after Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to scalp 250+ wickets on home soil.

At the same time , Ashwin became the third fastest in the world to scalp 250 Test wickets at home. Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan takes the numero uno spot in this particular list as he reached the mark in just 40 Tests. Anil Kumble comes a close second as he did the same in 41 Tests. As for Ashwin, he completed this feat in his 42nd match in the longest format.