Ashwin recently surpassed Kapil Dev’s 434 Test score to become India’s second most successful bowler in the longest format.
Two of the greatest off-spinners to have represented India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, have set excellent records at the international level. With two great bowlers with similar skills, comparisons are also drawn between the two. Interestingly, it was Ashwin who replaced Harbhajan as Team India’s primary spinner across formats.
During the recently concluded first Test Sri Lanka In Mohali, Ashwin added another feather to his cap as he surpassed Kapil Dev’s 434 Test scale to become India’s second most successful bowler in the longest format. While Anil Kumble is at the top with 619 wickets, Harbhajan, who retired from all forms of the game last year, is now fourth with 417 wickets.
Meanwhile, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is the latest to voice his opinion on the Ashwin vs Harbhajan debate. While he claimed that Ashwin would trouble him more, the southpaw said that Harbhajan was more of a delight to watch. Notably, Gambhir has played a significant amount of cricket with both the off-spinners.
I would hate to face Ravichandran Ashwin: Gautam Gambhir
“As a batsman, I would hate to face Ravichandran Ashwin, but I would love to see Harbhajan Singh. It means that as a left-handed batsman I always thought Ashwin could get me out, but as an analyst Harbhajan had that bounce, he could sink the second and the ball,” Gambhir told Star. Said on sports.
“And Ashwin, for a left-hander or any other batsman, he is more difficult to face because he is far more accurate and difficult due to his speed variation. Harbhajan Singh was more handsome to look at.” Meanwhile, Ashwin is now ranked ninth in the list of highest wicket-takers in Test matches.
At the age of 35, the off-spinner is definitely in the final stages of his career but his performance is not diminishing. Ashwin took six wickets in the Mohali Test with a crucial half-century. He will next be seen in action in the second and final Test of the series, which begins in Bangalore on March 12. Notably, it will be a day-night affair and hence, the bowlers will be working with pink cherries.