India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 4th day February 11, 2017

Ashwin - the fastest to 250 Test wickets

R Ashwin reached 250 Test wickets on the fourth day of Hyderabad Test, becoming the quickest to the landmark
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R Ashwin broke Dennis Lillee's record for fastest to 250 Test wickets © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

45 Number of Tests in which R Ashwin has completed 250 wickets - the quickest by any bowler. He bettered Dennis Lillee's record of 48 Tests by three matches. Among India bowlers, the fastest was Anil Kumble - 55 Tests.

232 The previous most wickets by a bowler in his first 45 Tests, by Dale Steyn. The previous most wickets by a spinner in 45 Tests were 218 by Muttiah Muralitharan. No bowler from India had taken even 200 wickets in his first 45 Tests before Ashwin. Harbhajan Singh with 199 wickets had the most at that point till now.

Most wickets in first 45 Tests
Bowler Balls Wkts Ave SR 5WI 10WM
 R Ashwin  12905  250  25.15  51.6  24  7
 DW Steyn  9221  232  23.31  39.7  15  4
 DK Lillee  11887  230  23.53  51.6  17  5
 Waqar Younis  9191  227  21.53  40.4  19  4
 AA Donald  10370  223  22.21  46.5  13  2

0 Number of bowlers who have taken more wickets than Ashwin since his debut. Ashwin is closely followed by Rangana Herath, who has picked up 247 wickets in 46 matches. Among India bowlers, no one has picked up even half of Ashwin's wickets - Ravindra Jadeja has 112 scalps.

55 The number of matches taken by the previous quickest bowler from India to get the milestone - Anil Kumble. Ashwin has bettered him by 10 matches. Number of matches by other India bowlers: Bishen Bedi (60 matches), Harbhajan Singh (61), Kapil Dev (65) and Zaheer Khan (73).

1 Bowler to have reached the 250 wicket mark faster that Ashwin in terms of time. Graeme Swann got 250 wickets in 4 years and 345 days while Ashwin took 5 years and 95 days to reach this mark.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • CricFan Indigo on February 13, 2017, 6:48 GMT

    R. Ashwin personifies an intelligent cricketer with great temperament and urge to excel regardless of the conditions, challenges or bottlenecks... no wonder he has reached this milestone quickly:)

    One would imagine, he still hasn't reached the peak of his career given that has so much in his armoury and repertoire to unleash. Only time will tell whether he can overshadow the 850 odd of Muthaih Muralitharan. WE shall keep our fingers crossed.

    Well done RA. Keep it up. It's a joy to watch you spinning a weave of deception to fox the batsmen :) :)

  •   Cricinfouser on February 13, 2017, 6:16 GMT

    250 test wickets is 250 test wickets! An accomplishment to be regarded with respect. Test wickets are not easy and not cheap, wherever one gets them, seldom are test wickets given away!

  • cricfan10044827 on February 13, 2017, 5:32 GMT

    There are very few spinners who have done well ij both fast bowling pitches and subcontinent pitches. Asia and WI comprises half of the test match playing countries (WI is not all spin friendly) and Ashwin has a stellar record here. If bowling here is so easy why is he ahead of both spinners and pacers from the two teams? There is something exceptional he is doing to exploit these conditions. Barring an exception in Nagpur there hasen't been a raging turner in India where ball shoots through since 2012 (Mumbai was the last turner which had both extravagant turn and bounce). All the other pitches are either flat or slow turners where ball turns very late on 1-1.5 day. The same thing becomes excusable for non subcontinent bowlers while stepping into subcontinent (even the greats) and their records are lauded while Ashwin's records are seen with a dismissive eye. Part 1 contd.

  • Preeteshd on February 13, 2017, 5:16 GMT

    @ VKY.RHODES ON FEBRUARY 12, 2017, 14:34 GMT: Your comment is a perfect example of how hypocrites think. Taking wicket on fast track is tougher than taking wicket on rank turner ? May be you mean your batsmen don't have any clue how to bat on rank turner... Because Indians throw your bowlers all over the park on the 'so called Rank turners'... Grow up guys, You have to give the credit where it's due. When any of your Andersons & McGraths is bowling on green tops to batsmen from subcontinent, they are most likely to dominate and quality spinners bowling to batsmen from Aus, Eng (dancing dolls) on subcontinent pitches, they are most likely to dominate... No rocket science...

  • Siva_Bala75 on February 13, 2017, 1:53 GMT

    Not long back, Ashwin was compared (and criticized) against Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha. At least that has stopped now. Ashwin should be compared to Kumble and possibly Kapil Dev within India and no one else.

  • espn23406671 on February 13, 2017, 1:49 GMT

    A very good achievement. Home achievements cannot and should not be discounted. Ashwin always has a 'but' hanging around him unfortunately, due to his terrible performance in two Aus tours and one wicketless Test in SA. If he even performs at a mediocre level in Aus/Eng/SA, he will drop that 'but'. I do agree that Lillee and Warne are overrated due to playing most of their cricket in Aus or Eng, in familiar conditions. Lillee hardly played outside these two countries, and hardly face adverse bowling conditions. Warne feasted on weak England batting lineups of the 1990s and has a terrible record in India. Compare his bowling avg against England vs. others.

  • Fijicricket on February 13, 2017, 1:09 GMT

    @ VKY.RHODES ON FEBRUARY 12, 2017, 10:38 GMT Record stands at Ashwin has scored the fastest 250. Weather they were scored in Somalia or the moon is irrelavent. . Grow up

  • Javed. on February 13, 2017, 0:31 GMT

    @NIKHILSACHDEV- Ashwin is already poised to prove you wrong :) Also he is not a javelin thrower and playing on the same sub-continent pitches that many spinners have played yet...

  • cricfan10044827 on February 12, 2017, 23:47 GMT

    Ashwin didn't play any game in NZ, only one in SA and has a decent average in England. He was Man of the series in recent series in Sri Lanka and WI. Warne was once in lifetime prodigy who could deliver in fast pitches. Even then, he had a horrible record in India. Murali's average is 75 in Australia and 45 in India. Can we discredit their credentials then? Why such hypocrisy. Whether it is a dustbowl or green mamba or flat pitch, you need skills everywhere to perform.

  • cricfan10044827 on February 12, 2017, 23:38 GMT

    While going overseas- out of Asia, the role of spinners changes. From being the main leader of the attack in subcontinent to a supporting role to fast bowlers. He may not get that many overs to produce mind boggling numbers. Also, different kinds of adjustments need to be made regarding line, lengths, speed etc. With innovations in modern day cricket with bats, ground sizes etc, it makes the job even tougher. There is hardly any assistance from pitch. See how RSA negated Herath by producing pitches heavily in their favour. Aus is graveyard for off spinners barring Adelaide. Moreover, we are judging Ashwin based on a very small sample size when he had problems with his action. Part 3 contd.

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