Watch: Ashwin thanks Harbhajan for his 2001 spell against Australia, calls it life-changing

Abhishek Singh

| Nov 30, 5:23 AM

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Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become the third leading Test wicket-taker of India. The feat was achieved in the fourth innings of the Kanpur Test when he removed a well-settled Tom Latham to give the Indian unit a chance to force its way back into the game. 

Reacting to that in a post-match interview with fellow teammate Shreyas Iyer, Ashwin said that Harbhajan is a pure legend of the game and surpassing him is a big achievement. 

“I think these are numbers that are happening as a result of my efforts and my willingness to enjoy the game. At this point in time, honestly speaking, I am not worried about what number I am surpassing or anything.

It’s a wonderful milestone, Harbhajan Singh, when he was bowling that wonderful spell against Australia in 2001, I never thought I would even be an off-spinner on that particular day. But inspired by him I decided to ball off-spin and here I am,” said the Chennai born who now has to his kitty 419 wickets, two more than Harbahajan and only 15 less than the great Kapil Dev.

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