R Ashwin reached the 250-Test wicket landmark in his 42nd home Test and is the joint fastest with Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan
Indore: India's Ravichandran Ashwin completed another milestone during the first Test against Bangladesh at the Holkar Stadium on Thursday (November 14).
On the first day of the Test, off-spinner Ashwin dismissed Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque for his 250th Test wicket at home. He is the third Indian to the milestone.
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Ashwin reached the landmark in his 42nd home Test and is the joint fastest with Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, who too took 42 games at home.
Indian legend Anil Kumble took 43 Tests to reach the milestone at home while Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka did it in 43 games. South Africa paceman Dale Steyn achieved in 49 Tests while India's Harbhajan Singh needed 51.
In the 38th over of the Bangladesh innings, Ashwin bowled Haque off the first ball. The batsman shouldered arms to a straight ball and was bowled. This was Ashwin’s 10th over. Ashwin achieved the feat in the second session of play.
The 33-year-old Ashwin is playing in his 69th Test. Overall, he has picked 358 wickets including the latest victim Haque. Ashwin made his Test debut in November 2011 against West Indies in Delhi.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first. However, they could not get off to a good start. They went to lunch at 63/3 in 26 overs. Later, they were reduced to 99/4 when Ashwin got Haque.
This is a two-Test series. The second and final game is in Kolkata. It will be a day/night game, first-ever for both teams.
Fastest to 250 Test wickets at home
42 matches — Ravichandran Ashwin/Muttiah Muralitharan
43 — Anil Kumble
44 — Rangana Herath
49 — Dale Steyn
51 — Harbhajan Singh
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