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Ravichandran Ashwin during the Colombo Test © AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin came down the track, walloped Rangana Herath over his head, and completed 2,000 Test runs with a six. More importantly, he became the fourth-quickest (51 Test) to reach the career double of 200 wickets and 2,000 runs, only behind Ian Botham (42 Tests), Imran Khan (50), and Kapil Dev (50). Of Indians, he is the fourth overall to attain this feat, after Kapil, Anil Kumble, and Harbhajan Singh.

However, Ashwin is the quickest to 2,000 runs and 250 wickets in history. In all, he has taken 279 wickets at an impressive average of 25.39, including 25 five-wicket hauls. He now has scored 2,004 runs at an average over 30 including 4 hundreds and 11 half-centuries.

Player M R HS 100s W
5-fors
Anil Kumble 132 2,506 110* 1 619 35
Kapil Dev 131 5,248 163 8 434 23
Harbhajan Singh 103 2,224 115 2 417 25
Ravichandran Ashwin 51* 2,004 124 4 279 25

Ashwin is more of a series-winner. He has been adjudged Man of the Series 7 times in the 18 series he has played in — the most for India, ahead of Virender Sehwag (5) and Sachin Tendulkar (4). He needs only 4 more of these to surpass Muttiah Muralitharan (11), the topper of the Man-of-the-Series list. Given that he is only 30 and he will play many more matches on the spinner-friendly Indian tracks, Ashwin may as well ace the list.

Surpassing Dennis Lillee, Ashwin was the quickest to take 250 wickets, and may as well become the quickest to 300 wickets.