Bengaluru, March 7: India's star off-sinner and World No. ranked bowler Ravichandran Ashwin reached several milestones with yet another match-winning performance in the second Test against Australia on Tuesday (March 7).
The 30-year-old tweaker became fastest ever to reach 25 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. He is overall the tenth bolwer to achieve this feat.
Ashwin achieved the unique feat in 88 innings ahead of Sri Lankan great Mutthiah Muralitharan (100) and legendary New Zealand pacer Richard Hadlee (111).
He's now only behind his head coach Anil Kumble, who has 35 five-fors in Test, most by an Indian. (Smith criticised on Twitter for trying to 'cheat')
The Chennai spinner also became the fastest Indian bowler to take 200 Test wickets in India. He took just 30 matches to reach this tally at home.
With 269 wickets under his belt, he became the fifth highest wicket-taker for India and surpassed legendary Bishan Singh Bedi who claimed 266 wickets.
Ashwin now has the most number of wickets in the 2016-17 season with 89 wickets.
"It was not coming out of the hand all right. I was trying to turn it too hard. One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming, I kept the runs down," Ashwin said after the match.
"We just spoke inside the dressing room to bowl some short spells and keep changing over. That is why we were rotating so we could attack through such short balls."
Ashwin led the way with a 6/41 as India defeated Australia by 75 runs in the second Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and level the four match series 1-1.
Chasing a target of 188 runs, Australia were bundled out for 112 in their second innings shortly after tea on the fourth day.
The Indians bowled superbly on a pitch which has developed quite a few cracks, making it difficult for batting.
Ashwin did the most damage but got the support of fast bowler Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, who displayed excellent speed and swing to trap the Aussies.
The Australians found it difficult to score against his deputy Ravindra Jadeja too, for he gave away only three runs in his eight overs which included five maidens.