Ravichandran Ashwin has 292 wickets in Tests (Image courtesy: AFP)
Ravichandran Ashwin has 292 wickets in Tests (Image courtesy: AFP)

India began their fantastic start to the home season of 2016-17 by winning its 500th Test. Kanpur was the venue and Ravichandran Ashwin was at the demolition front. He made a famous statement: “My partnership with Kumble is a match made in heaven.”

It’s a known fact to most that Ashwin has always looked up to Anil Kumble. Now with the latter as the head coach, there was no end to Ashwin’s glee. Ashwin benefitted, so did India. Then there was a spate of controversies and thanks to skipper Virat Kohli and few other senior players’ reservations, Kumble was forced to the exit gate as he eventually resigned after 2017 Champions Trophy.

Ravi Shastri has taken over the mantle. However, there is no denying the fact that Kumble remains India’s greatest match-winner in Tests. Kumble with 956 international wickets leads the Indian charts. He also is the third-highest wicket-taker in international cricket across formats.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Rangana Herath is one of my role-models
Ravichandran Ashwin: Rangana Herath is one of my role-models

Ashwin is now six short of the 400-wicket mark in international cricket. He has 292 wickets in Tests. Is he eyeing Kumble’s 619? “Definitely not, I am a big fan of Anil Kumble and he has got 619 wickets and, if I get to 618 wickets, I will be very thankful too and, if I get to 618, that will be my last Test match,” Ashwin told Gulf News during his trip to the UAE.

What legacy does Ashwin want to leave behind?

“The legacy I want to leave is clearly: be happy with what I am doing and be content with myself and try and be better than what you are today and try and be the best for that particular day. Because what goes good enough yesterday is definitely not good enough tomorrow,” added the 31-year-old champion spinner who has been rested from India’s limited-overs setup.