Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates during the India-Australia test© BCCI
Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to take 450 Test wickets during Day 1 of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy meeting between India and Australia at Nagpur on Thursday. The record belonged to Anil Kumble to achieve the feat in 93 matches, but Ashwin needed just 89 matches to take 450 wickets. Overall, he was second fastest after legendary Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan (80). When it comes to the number of balls it takes to take 450 wickets in Test cricket, Ashwin was again in second position with 23635 deliveries, while Australia’s Glenn McGrath was first with 23474.
Ashwin claimed his 450th wicket as he beat Alex Carey for 36.
Returning comer Ravindra Jadeja took his 11th five-wicket haul as India knocked out Australia for 177 in their first innings, just after tea on day one of the opening Test here on Thursday.
The left arm spinner, returning from a knee injury, was the sloper-in-chief during the second session as he broke the 82-run tie between Steve Smith (37) and Marnus Labuschagne (49) before trapping Matt Renshaw and Todd . Murphy.
Jadeja (5/47) then trapped Peter Handscomb (31) in the final session of the day as Australia were knocked out in 63.5 overs.
Alex Carrey scored a 33-ball 36 before veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/42), who was the other wicket-taker for India in the second session, ended his stay at centre.
Previously, pacers Mohammed Shami (1/18) and Mohammed Siraj (1/30) dealt early blows to the visitors, removing openers Usman Khwaja (1) and David Warner (1) within the first three overs.
(with PTI inputs)
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