On February 9, during the opening game of a four-match series against Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reached the milestone of 450 Test wickets. After renowned leg spinner Anil Kumble, Ashwin became the second Indian bowler to achieve the milestone in the longer format.
In his 89th Test match, the 36-year-old Indian bowler became the swiftest to accomplish this distinction. Overall, he passed Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka, who achieved the mark in his 80th Test match, to become the second-fastest bowler in the world to reach his 450th Test wicket. With 23,635 balls, Ashwin is second only to Australian pacer Glenn McGrath in terms of speed (23,474).
When Alex Carey was out for 36 runs in the 54th over of the second session of the first Test match, Ravichandran Ashwin attained this milestone. Carey and Peter Handscomb’s sixth-wicket partnership of 53 runs was broken when he bowled Carey around his legs. Pat Cummins, the Australian captain, was next taken out by Ashwin for six runs.
In Delhi in 2011, Ashwin played his first Test against the West Indies. His bowling stats of 3/81 and 6/47 earned him the title of Player of the Match. The 36-year-old received nine Player of the Series accolades, trailing only Test veteran Muralitharan’s 11 victories. In the ICC Test bowlers and all-rounders rankings, Ashwin is presently placed second and fourth, respectively.
The Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023’s second test match will take place in Delhi from February 17–21, the third in Dharamsala from March 1–5, and the fourth in Ahmedabad (March 9-13). The Australians will play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) starting on March 17 in Mumbai following the Test series. The following games will be held in respective cities of Chennai (March 22) and Visakhapatnam (March 19).