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Sourav Ganguly backs Ravichandran Ashwin to take 400-500 Test wickets

India Today logo India Today 26-09-2016

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has backed Ravichandran Ashwin to finish with 400 to 500 Test wickets after the off-spinner today became the second fastest in the world to claim 200 Test wickets.

Ashwin took his 200th Test wicket to leave New Zealand struggling to stay afloat at 93/4 in 37 overs at stumps on day four in Kanpur. Set an improbable 434 runs by India to win the first Test in Kanpur, the visitors still need 341 runs on day five with six wickets and 98 overs remaining.

The slide began immediately after tea, with Martin Guptill (0) caught at short leg, the third batsman in this Test to be dismissed after the ball hit the boot and lobbed up. Ashwin then made it two wickets in five balls in the fourth over, trapping Tom Latham (2) lbw.

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When Kane Williamson (25) too was deemed lbw in the 18th over, Ashwin became the second fastest bowler to take 200 test wickets - in 37 tests - after Australia's Clarrie Grimmett (36). Ashwin has surpassed Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis and former Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee's record to become the second fastest to reach the landmark.

Ganguly said the conditions were tailor-made for Ashwin.

"The conditions were tailor made for Ashwin to bowl on this sort of a wicket. It's a typical Indian Test match. India were exceptional with the bat in their second innings on a crumbling pitch and the pressure is completely on New Zealand. The game is only going one way... it's India's victory, unless and until rain spoils sport," Ganguly told India Today.

The former captain also said that Ashwin has got all the potential to become one of India's best Test bowler. 

"Ashwin has got all the potential to be right up there alongside Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev as one of India's best Test bowlers. He is young, he has got lots of cricket left. He has just played 37 Tests and he has got all the potential to get 400 or probably 500 wickets. He will play half of those Test matches in India and there will be turning pitches where he is going to be lethal. So, he has got all the opportunity and the talent to get there," he said.

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