Kanpur Test: ‘Greedy’ Ravichandran Ashwin wants to achieve more

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the fastest Indian bowler to bag 200 Test wickets as India dictated terms on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh achieved the landmark in 46 matches. (Scorecard)Ashwin made New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson his 200th victim to surpass former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis and former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee’s record to become the second fastest to reach the landmark. While Ashwin achieved the feat in his 37th game, the former pacers did it in 38 matches. The No.1 spot is held by former Australia leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett, who took just 36 Tests to get to the 200 wicket mark. (R Ashwin breaks Waqar Younis’ record, becomes second fastest to take 200 Test wickets) “Ever since coming back from Australia [in 2014-15], I have been enjoying my last 80-100 wickets. I was planning my wickets better,” Ashwin said in a chat after day’s play. (Kanpur Test: India six wickets away from win after Ashwin triple) ‘NZ BATSMEN CHALLENGING’ “The challenge from the opposition is always good. For example, Williamson was playing really well. (Ross) Taylor was playing back. It’s a combination of playing good batsmen, conditions and match situations that makes this satisfying.” ‘LOT TO ACHIEVE’ “I think it’s too early to talk about my achievements I have a long way to go. Very important to take one day at a time, Test cricket can set you back if you take it for granted. Be greedy in terms of what you want to achieve, but preparing for a Test, you have to take it one day at a time.”advertisementIndia are well in control of the match and are just six wickets away from victory with one full day in hand. The visitors reached 93/4 at the close of play, needing another 341 runs to beat India (318, 377/5d). Luke Ronchi (38*) and Mitchell Santner (8*) were the two not out batsmen, adding 37 runs for the fifth wicket.last_img read more