Recently, R Ashwin broke Dennis Lillee's record and reached 250 Test wickets on the fourth day of Hyderabad Test.
No bowler from India had taken even 200 wickets in his first 45 Tests before Ashwin. Harbhajan Singh with 199 wickets had the most at that point till now.
Now his eyes on Anil Kumble’s 619 wicket record, about the same R Ashwin said he wouldn’t want to extend a wicket more than what Anil Kumble has achieved.
He explained, "I don’t think I would want to extend one wicket more than what Anil Kumble (619) achieved. That’s a matter of honour”.
“Even if I was born a beggar, I would have been the best beggar in the city.” “I don’t want to be a pre-existing clause; I always want to be the contractual clause.” These are not some light-hearted quotes from R. Ashwin in his interaction with this newspaper on Thursday.
The world’s No.1 all-rounder, who has been breaking Test records at will, says the statements show his insatiable appetite for excellence that has made the cricketer he is today.
“I have played a significant part in every single Indian victory ever since I started playing for the country. I am not saying it in a tone of arrogance or cockiness. That’s what I have strived hard to achieve. I want to be the decisive factor wherever I go. Once I become the best beggar in the city, I would want to be the best in the country and so forth. I am happy the way I am.” He added.