Ashwin breaks 44-year-old record

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 14, 2013 08:47 hrs

When R Ashwin removed West Indies captain Darren Sammy to an ill-advised slog on the opening day of the Mumbai Test, he broke a 44-year-old record held by fellow off spinner Erapalli Prasanna. 

It was Ashwin's 100th Test wicket and arrived in only his 18th Test, two matches quicker than Prasanna.

In fact only four bowlers in the history of Test cricket have got to the landmark faster than the lanky Tamil Nadu tweaker.

George Lohmann holds the world record, getting there in a mere 16 Tests. He is followed by Charlie 'Terror' Turner, Sydney Barnes and Clarrie Grimmett, who all took 17 Tests.

All of the afore-mentioned quartet terrorised batsmen in the late 19th or early 20th century. 

That makes Ashwin the fastest in the world in the last 82 years to achieve the feat.

Ashwin also has 740 runs in Tests and could become the fastest to reach the coveted double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. Ian Botham currently holds that record, getting there in 21 Tests.

Can Ashwin get 260 runs in 3 Tests to seize the record from Beefy? We'll find out soon enough when India tour South Africa later this year. 


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