Ravichandran Ashwin received plenty of praise on social media for overtaking Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 Test wickets on Sunday. The veteran off-spinner became India’s second-highest wicket-taker, taking his 435th Test wicket on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Mohali. Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to hail the spinner and wrote, “Fantastic landmark, @ashwinravi99! To go past @therealkapildev paaji is an achievement in itself. The way you were going, it was only a matter of time. Wish you many more! #INDvSL”.
Fantastic landmark, @ashwinravi99!
To go past @therealkapildev paaji is an achievement in itself.
The way you were going, it was only a matter of time.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 6, 2022
Ashwin dismissed Charith Asalanka for his third wicket of the second innings and also his 435th Test wicket. Also, he is second in the list of highest Indian wicket-takers and is only behind Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 dismissals.
The ICC also took to Twitter to pay tribute and wrote, “Ashwin picks up his 435th scalp and goes past Kapil Dev to become India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests”.
— ICC (@ICC) March 6, 2022
“434 is a number so many of us grew up remembering. Ashwin goes on to 435”, a fan wrote on Twitter.
434 is a number so many of us grew up remembering. Ashwin goes on to 435.
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) March 6, 2022
Here are the other reactions:
Ravi Ashwin – the journey started almost 11 years ago against the West Indies and now 11 years later he’s India’s 2nd highest and overall 9th highest wicket taker in Test cricket history. What a bowler, what a champion. pic.twitter.com/hQlptb20YA
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 6, 2022
.@ashwinravi99 gies past the great Kapil Dev in Test wickets taken. Gives a measure of his cricketing prowess
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 6, 2022
What a journey for Ravichandran Ashwin, only Anil Kumble is in front of him from India, 435 Test wickets, 9th in wicket taker list – Incredible Ashwin.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 6, 2022
India asked Sri Lanka to follow on after dismissing them for 174, 400 runs adrift of India’s first innings total of 574 for eight. The visitors could only manage 178 as India won by an innings and 222 runs.
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