Hopefully Ravichandran Ashwin will finish with 500 to 600 Test wickets: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly backed ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to play 100 Test matches and finish with 500 to 600 wickets in the longest format.Ashwin, who on Monday, beat Australia legend Dennis Lillee’s record to become the fastest to reach the 300-wicket mark in Test cricket, starred in India’s innings and 239-run victory against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. He finished with eight wickets for 130 runs in the second Test at Nagpur, picking up a four-wicket haul in each innings.Talking to India Today, Ganguly said that Ashwin is on top of his game and he thinks the Tamil Nadu tweaker will end up with more than 500 wickets when he finishes his career.300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017″It’s a fantastic achievement in 50-odd Test matches. 300 wickets in 54 Test matches is a phenomenal record. Congratulations to him. He will go on to play 100 Test matches for India without a doubt and he can finish with 500-600 Test wickets. So it’s a remarkable achievement,” Ganguly said.WATCH FULL VIDEO”You can see the difference in class on the same pitch, you know. The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled…Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera and then you saw Ravichandran Ashwin on that surface. He just looked in a different league. Right from the top, a bit of bounce, little bit of grip from the surface. The accuracy and the control is remarkable. So congratulations to him and many many more to come,” he added.advertisementIn just 54 matches Ashwin managed to take 300 wickets beating Lillee to the milestone by two Tests, who did so in 56 Tests. Lahiru Gamage was his record 300th scalp, as the ball tickled the off stumps enough to dislodge the bails.Congratulations to @ashwinravi99 on reaching 300 Test wickets, the fastest player to reach the milestone, taking just 54 matches! #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/IW7lzG4ZMd- ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2017Ashwin, who made his debut for India in November 2011, has been India’s main strike bowler in Test cricket over the last three years. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner has not been a regular in India’s limited-overs squads but he Virat Kohli’s go-to-man in Test cricket for the past few years.After picking up only 10 wickets in 2014, he came back with a bang and for two successive years in 2015 and 2016, Ashwin finished as the top wicket-taker in Test cricket. He snared 62 wickets in nine Tests in 2015 and pocketed another 72 from 12 Tests the following year.He has so far picked over 50 Tests wickets again this year might well finish on top for the third year in a row if he has a big haul in Delhi next week.Incidentally, Ashwin had also broken Lillee’s record to become the fastest to 250 Test wickets, during the one-off Test against Bangladesh earlier this year.However, Ashwin remains second fastest to 200 Test wickets after missing an opportunity to equal the mark by one match.Clarrie Grimmett of Australia had reached the 200-wicket club in 36 Tests while Ashwin got there in 37. Lillee is third on the list, having reached the milestone in 38 Tests.last_img read more

Indian boys beat South Korea to enter Asian Junior TT final

first_imgUlaanbaatar (Mongolia): Indian boys entered the final of the 22nd Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships, beating South Korea 3-2 to assure themselves of at least a silver medal here on Tuesday. The result also helped the team to directly qualify for the World Junior Championships to be held in Thailand in November. China blanked out Taipei 3-0 and will take on India in the final. Top three teams at the continental event here qualify for the Worlds but with no third-place playoff, the third team’s fate will be decided on the individual players’ performance from Tapei and Kore, the bronze medallists and other teams including Japan. In the individual events, which begin from Thursday, Japanese players stand a good chance to qualify as the third squad for the Worlds. This was the second consecutive final for India’s junior boys, who are seeded No. 2 behind China, and it was achieved when Anukram Jain, playing the third singles in the semi-finals, did what Harmeet Desai had done in the World Championships to put India in the Championships Division and again in the Commonwealth Championships this July in Cuttack to help Indian men win gold.last_img read more

On police video Borutski says he feels sorry after Ottawa Valley killings

first_imgOTTAWA – None of the three women Basil Borutski is accused of killing in 2015 survived for more than a few minutes after they were attacked, and at least two of them tried to shield themselves, a forensic pathologist told an Ottawa jury Tuesday.Dr. Christopher Milroy, director of forensic pathology at the Ottawa Hospital, was testifying in the first-degree murder trial of Borutski, 59, who is accused of killing Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam on Sept. 22, 2015.The Crown alleges Borutski killed all three women in a murderous, revenge-fuelled rampage through the Ottawa Valley, triggered by what he characterized as lies both to him and about him, including allegations of assault that landed him in jail.Throughout the testimony, Borutski said still and silent, his eyes often closed — including as members of the jury were seen wincing and turning away from a series of graphic autopsy photographs.Culleton, who was 66 years old and three days into retirement when she died, was found with a length of coaxial cable wrapped around her neck and mouth, Milroy said. She also had defensive wounds on both hands — evidence, he said, of an attempt to fight off her attacker.She would have lived no more than five minutes, and likely lost consciousness after a minute or two, he said. The cable was pulled so tightly it couldn’t have been any tighter, he added.Kuzyk, 36, was killed in her kitchen by a shotgun blast that left a gaping wound in her right neck and upper chest. She had abrasions on her neck and cheek from the buckshot, as well as a badly damaged spinal cord.She, too, had a wound on her hand, indicating she tried to shield herself when she saw the gun, and was likely shot from no more than two metres away, said Milroy.Warmerdam, 48, a mother of two, was also killed with a shotgun, but unlike Kuzyk, her wounds were caused by birdshot, Milroy said.Toxicology tests on all three women came back negative, he added.Borutski confessed to all three killings in a five-hour videotaped interview with police the day after the deaths. In the video, Borutski is heard to say he felt sorry about the killings and knew what had happened was wrong.The video, played in open court, shows Borutski telling provincial police Det. Sgt. Caley O’Neill that he felt empty, confused and “disorientated” in the hours after the murders.“Do you understand that what happened to these three women is wrong?” O’Neill asks.“Yeah,” answers Borutski, almost as if asking a question.There is a long pause before O’Neill asks, “would you take it back if you could?’“Of course I would,” Borutski responds, his voice soft, before going on to suggest again the women brought it upon themselves.“Like when I asked Anastasia, ‘Why did you lie?’ Why couldn’t she have just have said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and I’m sure then I would have stopped,” he says.“It would have stopped right there, but she still lied. And Carol lies, and I talked with her so much about being honest and the truth and positive and then she still lied.”Borutski expresses no remorse for what occurred until O’Neill asks him near the end of the video, “Do you feel sorry about how it all ended?”“Of course I feel sorry,” Borutski tells him, matter of factly.He then asks O’Neill if he found “the booze,” explaining that after the third killing, he drove around and then ran into the bush with three bottles of liquor and wine, along with the shotgun.“I planned on drinking and blowing my head off,” he says.“But then, by that time, I started thinking about it, ‘Yeah, you can’t do that, Basil, you’re innocent. If you blow your head off you’ll never go to heaven.’”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more