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Twitter reacts as Ravichandran Ashwin leaves Harbhajan Singh behind to become India’s third highest wicket taker in test cricket

Ravichandran Ashwin had replaced Harbhajan Singh in India's test team a decade back

Ravichandran Ashwin has surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become India’s third-highest wicket-taker of all time in test match cricket. Ashwin was levelled with Harbhajan at the end of the fourth day of the Kanpur test match against New Zealand and as he dismissed Tom Latham today, he got past Harbhajan’s tally of 417 wickets.

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Now, only Kapil Dev and the former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble are ahead of Ashwin in terms of taking more test wickets for India. While Kapil is not too far away from Ashwin as he has got 434 wickets to his name, Kumble still seems a countrymile away with 619 test wickets.

Wishes have poured in for Ashwin as he has surpassed one of India’s greats, whom he replaced in the Indian test team around 2011-12. Although Harbhajan is not retired yet, and he can still add to his tally of test wickets, it is highly unlikely that he will play another test match for India now.

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The most remarkable aspect of Ashwin’s record is that he has played only 80 test matches as compared to Harbhajan who got his 417 test wickets in 103 test matches. However, it can be justified with the fact that India has produced many more rank turners in the recent past than they produced between 2000 and 2010, an era in which Harbhajan played most of his cricket.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh have different styles

Harbhajan and Ashwin have been two very different kinds of off-spinners in terms of their styles as well. While Ravichandran Ashwin is more about his guile and variations, Harbhajan was a very conventional off-spinner relying mostly on his stock delivery.

One of the criticisms that was associated with Harbhajan towards the end of his career was that he had become more of a limited-over bowler than a test bowler as his test performances dropped off. That’s something that hasn’t been the case with Ashwin so far, as he has maintained his test performances at the same level.

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Here is how Twitter reacted after Ravichandran Ashwin left Harbhajan Singh behind today –

 

 

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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