Ind vs SL: Ashwin becomes quickest to claim 300 Test wickets
Nagpur: Adding another feather to his cap, India premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 300 wickets.
The 31-year-old, who bagged eight wickets in the second encounter against Sri Lanka here achieved this feat in 54 matches, surpassing the record of Australia's Denis Lillee, who achieved the milestone in 56 Tests.
Sri Lanka lower-order batsman Lahiru Gamage was Ashwin's 300th scalp.
He became the fifth Indian bowler to join Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan in the same feat.
Earlier, Anil Kumble picked fastest 300 wickets in 66 Tests.
"I really hope I can go on to double these 300 wickets, I have only played 50 Tests. It is not easy bowling spin, it looks like you are just ambling up," the Tamil Nadu player said on achieving the milestone after the match.
"But there is a lot behind it. We have bowled a lot of overs, me and Jaddu (Jadeja). And the break has helped, I am a lot more fresher now comparatively," Ashwin added.
Ashwin holds an bowling average of 25.30 in Tests with an economy of 2.88.