India vs Bangladesh: R Ashwin faster than Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to 250 Test wickets at home

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Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin claimed his 250th Test wicket at home when he dismissed Mominul Haque during the 1st day of the Indore Test vs Bangladesh on Thursday, joining an elite list comprising of legends Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

R Ashwin picked up his 250th Test wicket in India on Thursday

R Ashwin picked up his 250th Test wicket in India on Thursday (AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • R Ashwin picked up his 250th Test wicket in India on Thursday
  • Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble are the only other Indians with more Test wickets at home
  • India and Bangladesh are currently playing a 2-Test series under the World Test Championship

India’s premier off-spinner R Ashwin on Thursday became only the 3rd Indian bowler to reach the landmark of 250 Test wickets at home. As soon as Ashwin dismissed Mominul Haque for 37 in the 1st Test vs Bangladesh in Indore, the spinner joined stalwarts Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh as the only other Indians to have picked 250+ wickets in India.

While Kumble leads the list with 350 Test wickets in India, Harbhajan Singh is not too far from Ashwin, having picked up 265 scalps at home. Also, claiming the 250th home wicket in his 42nd match at home, Ashwin is now the joint-fastest bowler to the milestone in the world, sharing the record with Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan. Anil Kumble (43 matches) was the previous owner of the record for India.

Fewest Tests to 250 wickets at home:
42 – Muttiah Muralitharan/ R Ashwin
43 – Anil Kumble
44 – Rangana Herath
49 – Dale Steyn
51 – Harbhajan Singh

Overall, Ashwin currently lies 4th on the list of Indians with most Test wickets to their names. Here are the top-5 wicket-takers from India:

Anil Kumble – 619
Kapil Dev – 434
Harbhajan Singh – 417
R Ashwin – 358*
Zaheer Khan – 311

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque won the toss on his captaincy debut and opted to bat on a spicy surface in Indore. But the decision would soon come back to haunt the visitors as they were 12/2 at the end of 7 overs, having lost both openers Imrul Kayes and Shadman Islam being dismissed for 6 runs each. Umesh Yadav got the first breakthrough for India, getting Kayes to edge to Ajinkya Rahane stationed at gully.

Six balls later, Shadman was also following his opening partner to the pavilion as Ishant Sharma induced a faint edge that was comfortably pouched by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. In the 18th over, Mohammed Shami joined the party too pinning Mohammad Mithun (12) plumb in front of the stumps to reduce Bangladesh to 31/3.

This is incidentally Bangladesh’s maiden Test under the World Test Championship, but their opponents India are already leading the charts with 240 points from 5 games.

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