India’s star all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has a habit of breaking records at regular intervals of time. He did it once again in the second Test at Colombo, Sri Lanka when he smashed Herath’s delivery to a brutal six over the long-off to registering 11th fifty of his career in the 51st Test match.
With the very same six, he registered 2000 Test runs in his career becoming 37th Indian to achieve the feat on an international stage while 300th overall in world cricket. It is an expected thing that Ashwin sooner than later will achieve 2000-run mark but what special in the knock is that he achieved it with 250+ wickets under his belt.
Ashwin is the 4th Indian all-rounder to achieve 2000 Test runs including 250+ wickets to his name after the ever green Kapil Dev, former head coach, Anil Kumble and the Turbanator, Harbhajan Singh. In whole, Ashwin is the fifteen player to accomplish the feat.
A 32-year old record:
Though many World Class all-rounder’s accomplished the task of hitting 2000 runs along side 250 wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin did it in very fewer Tests compared to the previous number one all-rounder. Richard Hadlee, the former New Zealander attained the very same record in 54 Test matches. Bettering it Ashwin did it in just 51 Tests.
Richard Hadlee registered the record in 1985 which means that it took over 32 years for someone to break the record in fewer Tests than Richard Hadlee. Ashwin has seen many heights and lows during his career in Tests but the amount of dedication he has shown can be only visible through these records.
India are currently on top of the Second Test against Sri Lanka where Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya made the Test count by notching up fantastic tonne’s while Ravi Ashwin scored yet another fifty proving himself why he is a top 2 figure in ICC all-rounders rankings.