R Ashwin Apologizes to Harbhajan Singh on Sunday cherished surpassing his former India teammate’s number of Test wickets on his home soil. With 266 wickets in his belt, Ashwin is now only behind spin legend Anil Kumble’s 350 wickets in home Tests.
Ravichandran Ashwin Cherished Surpassing Harbhajan Singh’s Number Of Test Wickets In The Country
Ashwin cruised past Harbhajan, who took 265 wickets in India at an average of 28.76, by dismissing Ben Stokes with a perfect off-spinner on the second day of the second Test against England here.
“When I was watching the 2001 series where Bhajju Pa (Harbhajan) was playing, I didn’t even imagine that I would go out and become an off-spinner for the country. “I was still a batsman for my state, trying to accelerate a career towards batting and playing for the country, I wasn’t sure whether I would go on and become a player for the Indian team,” Ashwin said at a virtual post-day press conference.
The 34-year-old Ashwin, who has so far taken 391 wickets from 76 Tests at an impressive average of 25.26, was not aware of his feat until he had come for the media interaction at the end of the day’s play.
According to Ashwin, a lot of his teammates, when he was young, would make fun of him as he used to try bowling like Harbhajan. “Lots of my teammates from that age, from that generation, you know, used to make fun of me, because I used to bowl like Bhajju Pa, my action, I used to try and bowl like him and all that.
“So, from there on to come one and actually break the record of something that he possesses, has to be incredibly special. I didn’t know of it, now that I do know of it, I feel happy. Sorry, Bhajju Pa…,” said Ashwin.
R Ashwin Apologizes to Harbhajan Singh Replied :
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 14, 2021
Ashwin returned with the figures of 5/43 as India bowled out England for a sloppy 134 to take a massive first-innings lead of 195 runs. It was his 29th five-wicket haul in the longest format of the game. Currently, on 3rd day of lunch, India are in a comfortable position to win the match after leading with 350 runs.