Sunil Gavaskar backs Ravi Chandran Ashwin for India’s leading wicket-taker in tests

Ravichandran Ashwin has been a premier bowler over the years for Team India. The off-spinner made a remarkable comeback into the men’s shorter formats with the T20 World cup in 2021 after nearly five years. The bowler always seems to add something to his repertoire and his wicket-taking ability is phenomenal. The bowler recently surpassed Dale Steyn and Kapil Dev in terms of Test wickets and with that, he has become the second-highest wicket-taker in tests for India.

Former batsman and legend of the game, Sunil Gavaskar believes that Ashwin has still a long way to go to break Anil Kumble’s record but believes the off-spinner is capable to do that.

It’s still a fair distance to go, we are talking about another 160 wickets. But he is capable of doing that because he just keeps getting better. He doesn’t rest on his laurels,” Gavaskar said during a chat with Star Sports.

Ashwin started his test career in 2011, three years after Kumble retired in 2008. The bowler has played most of the matches in India and has taken 442 wickets till now at an average of 24.13. If we look at the record of Anil Kumble, the former leg-spinner took 132 matches to amass total wickets of 619 whereas Ashwin has collected his wickets in 86 test matches so far.

Ashwin has bowled a total of 23089 balls whereas Kumble bowled 40850 balls in his career. Considering that age is on Ashwin’s side, the off-spinner is likely to become India’s leading wicket-taker in the test format.

Gavaskar also lauded Ashwin for adding skills to his repertoire all the time and believes Ashwin and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are quite similar in that aspect.

Jasprit Bumrah, who got into Test cricket after Ashwin, is exactly like Ashwin in the sense that he is always looking to add to his repertoire. That is what Ashwin does. At a time a year and year-and-half-ago, Ashwin was trying leg-spin because you can as variety ball bowl that, especially if you have got 500 runs in the bank.”

The Indian team will now play the IPL starting from the 26th of March and the tournament will end on 29th May after 74 matches.

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