Former India player Gautam Gambhir made a big statement comparing R Ashwin and legendary cricketer Kapil Dev

Former India player Gautam Gambhir made a big statement comparing R Ashwin and legendary cricketer Kapil Dev after the off-spinner surpassed the latter during the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali.

Ashwin had entered the list of top-10 wicket-takers in Test cricket. Ashwin on Sunday pipped Kapil to become the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests for India and ninth overall.

Ashwin took six wickets against the visitors in India’s win by an innings and 222 runs.

Speaking to Star Sports, Gambhir admitted that Ashwin has had as much impact as a player as that of the legendary all-rounder. He spoke about Ashwin’s spell against Australia at MCG in the 2020/21 series, hailing it as the best spell he has ever seen.

“R Ashwin is at par with Kapil Dev. He has five Test hundreds, and he has been impactful throughout his career.

“I don’t want to go with stats. They can be very, very misleading. Ashwin’s spell in Melbourne was the best I have seen in my entire career. He dismissed Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade, and I don’t think any spinner has managed to generate that kind of impact with the Kookaburra ball,” he said.

Kapil’s 434 wickets had come from 131 matches, while Ashwin took just 85 games to surpass him.

“28 years ago, I was cheering the great @therealkapildev on to get his world record tally of wickets. I never had the slightest of ideas that I would become an off-spinner, play for my country and even manage to go past the great man’s tally of wickets. I am delighted and very grateful to what this game has given me so far,” Ashwin wrote on his Instagram page after India’s win.

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