R Ashwin breaks Dennis Lillee’s record, becomes fastest to pick 300 wickets in Tests

R Ashwin achieved this feat during the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Nagpur

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who made a comeback into the Indian squad after almost three months due to Board of Control for Cricket in India’s rotation policy, has added another feather to his cap as he broke former Australian speedster Dennis Lillee’s record to become the fastest bowler to pick 300 wickets in Test cricket.

Ashwin achieved this feat during the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Nagpur. Lahiru Gamage was Ashwin’s 300th scalp.

Ashwin, who was overlooked for three consecutive limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, picked up 300 wickets in 54 Test matches he played since his debut against West Indies in 2011.

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On the other hand, Dennis Lillee picked up his 300th scalp during his 56th Test match.

R Ashwin is now leading the chart followed by Dennis Lillee at number 2 and Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan at the third position.

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Previously the record of fastest to 300 wickets by an Indian was held by former spin legend Anil Kumble who achieved the feat in his 66th Test.

Here’s the list:



Ravichandran Ashwin (INDIA)


Dennis Lillee (AUSTRALIA)


Muttiah Muralitharan ( SRI LANKA)


Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)



Meanwhile, Team India won the second match against Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs. With this victory, Virat Kohli & Co go up 1-0 in the three-match Test series with 1st Test match having ended in a draw at Kolkata.