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Ravichandran Ashwin becomes fastest Indian to reach 150 Test wickets

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 November 2015, 15:54 IST

Team India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin created history on 6 November after becoming the fastest Indian bowler to reach 150 wickets in Test cricket on Day 2 of the first Test against South Africa at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in Mohali.

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The off-spinner achieved the feat in a mere 29 Tests, only behind England seamer Sydney Barnes (24), Pakistan's bowling legend Waqar Younis (27) and Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett (28).

After being bundled out for 201 runs in the first innings, India came back strong on the second day at the helm of the Tamil Nadu bowler spun a web around the Proteas to give his side a slender lead of 17 runs.

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Ashwin claimed five South African scalps including Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Hashim Amla, Dane Vilas and Imran Tahir on a slow wicket at the PCA stadium. Apart from Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja (3) and Amit Mishra (2) were also amongst wickets on the second day of play.

Out of his 150 wickets, Ashwin has notched up 100 scalps in India followed by 21 apiece in Australia and Sri Lanka. The offie has also picked five wickets in Bangladesh and three more in England. He has only played one wicket-less Test in South Africa.

First published: 6 November 2015, 15:54 IST