Ravichandran Ashwin, who first broke Wasim Akram and then Harbhajan Singh’s record for Test wickets against New Zealand at the Greenpark Stadium in Kanpur, has called Turbanator his hero. He said that he was inspired by the famous spell against Australia in 2001. It was only after seeing him that I decided to do spin bowling and see today I am here. Let us tell you that Ashwin on Monday became the third bowler to take the most Test wickets for India, overtaking Harbhajan Singh. Ashwin did this feat in his 80th Test.
In a video released by the BCCI, while talking with Shreyas Iyer, Harbhajan Singh discussed the famous spell of Harbhajan Singh against Australia in 2001, which inspired him. He said- I was inspired by him. I was the batter. People also know about this. After the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, I decided to become a spin bowler. Sometimes I used to copy his action too. Maybe I can bowl like him now.
Ashwin said after the match, ‘I don’t feel anything special about this achievement.’ After the Indian team failed to bowl out New Zealand in the fourth innings of the match, Ashwin was asked about his achievement. He said, ‘I don’t feel anything. This is an achievement that will keep coming, it is good. Ever since Rahul (Dravid) bhai took over, he keeps saying how many wickets you take, how many runs you score in 10 years, you will not remember it.
Schwinn moved to the 13th spot in the list of bowlers with the most wickets in Test cricket. He also overcame Wasim Akram (414) of Pakistan. Among the current Test cricketers, England’s Stuart Broad (524) and James Anderson (632) have more wickets than Ashwin. Ashwin made his Test debut in 2011 against West Indies in Delhi. He has also scored 2685 runs with the bat, which includes five centuries. He has taken 150 wickets in 111 ODIs and 61 wickets in 51 T20s. Harbhajan also congratulated Ashwin for this achievement. He said, ‘I want to congratulate Ashwin. Hopefully he will win many more matches for India.
Harbhajan Singh is my hero, inspired by famous spell against Australia in 2001: R.K. Ashwin