Ravichandran Ashwin has a new nickname. And it has been coined by India captain Virat Kohli — “Lege” which is an abbreviation for legend. Kohli heaped rich praise on his wrecker-in-chief in Tests as the India off-spinner went on to complete 400 Test wickets on a day when India clinched a 10-wicket win in the Pink-ball Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
R Ashwin became the second-fastest bowler ever to reach the 400-wicket milestone as he got to the landmark on Day 2 of the Pink-ball Test when he trapped Jofra Archer LBW. Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan got to the 400-wicket milestone in just 72 matches, 5 quicker than Ashwin.
Ashwin also became the fastest Indian bowler to get there and only the fourth from the country after Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh to do so.
R Ashwin played the supporting role to young left-arm spinner Axar Patel who was unplayable on a spin-friendly pitch at the Motera. Ashwin picked up 7 wickets in the match while Axar walked away with the Man of the Match award for his 11-wicket haul in the match.
‘He is a modern-day legend’
“We all need to stand up and take notice of what Ashwin has contributed to Indian cricket. We should all be very proud of it. I told him ‘from now on I am going to call you lege’. 400 is an outstanding achievement. Still, so many years to go for India.
“I think in Test match cricket, he is a modern-day legend. We are so lucky to have him on our team. His skillsets and how he applies himself and makes those breakthrough performances… As a captain, I am so pleased he plays for us,” Virat Kohli said.
India sealed a 10-wicket win after bowling out England for just 81 in their second innings. Axar Patel picked up 5 wickets and Ashwin 4 as England failed to build on a good bowling show on Day 2 of the Ahmedabad Test. In the first innings, Ashwin managed 3 while Axar picked up 6 wickets as England were bundled out for 112.
“Pleasant experience (reaching 400 Test wickets), good that it happened in a winning cause. It was nice to see the crowd stand up and applaud my effort when I got the 400th wicket,” Ashwin said.