After going past Kapil Dev’s wickets tally during the first test of ongoing India vs Sri Lanka series. Ashwin talks about the praises he got by achieving the landmark and becoming the second-highest test wicket-taker in India trailing Anil Kumble.
“It’s like a dream. For me getting this number of wickets was never even a part of my bucket list. It was very sweet of Kapil paji. he actually sent a bouquet to my home, and also sent a handwritten note congratulating me on passing him” said Ashwin during a video shared by BCCI.
“Rohit went out in the press conference and lavished praises on me and he did not know how to react until this morning at the breakfast, that was very sweet”
“One day, he took me aside and said Ashwin you just come into the side and I appreciate you speaking in team meetings and all that but you also need to understand why we say certain things” added Ashwin.
“We say it with the intent to make sure that once you go to the Indian team you are not found wanting with your basics and that really opened the flood gates for me and Raman forever. Because I knew this man had the best intentions in place for anybody that walked on the ground inside the team” said Ashwin.
During the Video Ashwin did talk about the unfortunate demise of the great Shane Warne. “To me, Shane Warne was a symbol of excellence towards spin. At that particular point of time when Shane was literally the poster boy of spin. I am just looking to get better every single day. I am enjoying the space and some of the teammates are enabling me to enjoy these moments.
On Sunday Ashwin picked up the wicket of Charith Asalanka as his 435 test wicket, Anil Kumble is the highest wicket-taker in Indian Test history with 619 wickets.
India is scheduled to play against Sri Lanka from the 12 of March in Bangalore
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