Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday marked a significant milestone in Test cricket on Day 2 of the ongoing 3rd Test between India and England at Rajkot.

After scoring a crucial 37 in the first innings that took India to a total of 445, Ashwin came on to bowl as India began their search for a breakthrough. It was in the 14th over of the innings that the veteran off-spinner got his 500th Test wicket when he dismissed England opener Zak Crawley.



With this landmark milestone, Ashwin joins an elite group of bowlers, becoming only the second Indian to reach the 500-wicket mark after former spinner Anil Kumble. The 37-year-old also got there in 98 Tests, making him the second-fastest bowler in Test history after the all-time leader Muttiah Muralitharan. Ashwin is also the ninth bowler in world cricket to achieve the feat.

Since his Test debut in 2011, Ashwin has remained a vital cog in the Indian Test side with his dominating performances, boasting 34 five-wicket hauls and 8 match 10-fers. He has been a force to reckon with especially in home conditions, where he has picked more than half of his 500 wickets.