When it comes to spin bowling, Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s mainstay. He has been a constant in the test squad and is India’s topspin attacker. Recently, the cricketer from Chennai revealed his retirement plan and went on to say that he will hang his boots from international Test cricket once he takes 618 wickets. IT was a tribute to his idol Anil Kumble who has 619 Test wickets to his name.
“I am a big fan of Anil Kumble and he has got 619 wickets. If I get to 618 wickets, I will be very thankful too and, and if I get to 618, that will be my last Test match,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
The Indian giant spinner has by far played 52 matches and has managed to clinch a whopping 292 wicket. This comes at a super strike rate of 52.45. If one goes by data alone, Ashwin has performed better than Kumble who has 619 wickets in 132 appearances with a strike rate of 66. Thus this leaves Ashwin with a high possibility if he continues to play in form and is fit.
The off-spinner also had a few good things to say about Sri-Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. “Rangana Herath is one of my role models. I think he is a fabulous bowler. He just overcomes limitations every single day. Age does wear the body out over a period of time. As far as Herath is concerned, he just keeps proving that he is a champion cricketer and he can use pressure to his good advantage,” said Ravichandran Ashwin who joined the 400-Test wicket club recently.
Ashwin was recently not selected for the New Zealand series, but the spinner is not so worried it seems. "I am definitely focused on developing every single day and becoming a better cricketer because that is the one thing that will last," he said.