Ravichandran Ashwin continued to topple records as he became the fastest bowler to reach 250 wickets.
Indian off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin created the record of claiming 250 Test wickets in the least number of matches in his 45th Test, eclipsing legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee. Lillee had completed the milestone in his 48th Test and Ashwin's two wickets in the Bangladesh first innings in the one-off Test helped the Indian all-rounder reach the coveted landmark.
Ashwin, the number 1 ranked bowler and all-rounder in Test cricket, had a record-breaking last year for India as he picked up 72 wickets in 12 matches to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the world for the second consecutive year.
Ashwin had earlier surpassed Pakistan great Waqar Younis and Lillee to become the second fastest bowler to claim 200 Test wickets during the first Test against New Zealand in September last year. Ashwin achieved the milestone in his 37th Test match, bettering Waqar and Lillee, who both took 38 Tests.
The 30-year-old reached the milestone on Day 4 of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh when he claimed the wicket of visiting captain, Mushfiqur Rahim. He is the sixth Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Zaheer Khan (311), Bishan Singh Bedi (266) to reach to 250 Test wickets. Ashwin has so far taken 57 wickets in the current home season. Until the end of the Bangladesh first innings in his 45th Test, he has 24 five-wicket hauls and seven 10-wicket hauls so far. He has also scored 1,816 runs, including four hundred.