The 35-year-old Tamil Nadu-born bowler achieved the feat in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka, which is his 85th match. He began the match with 430 wickets and claimed two wickets in the first innings before adding three more in the second.
Kapil Dev had managed the feat in 131 matches. Anil Kumble tops the chart with 619 scalps which he claimed in 132 matches.
Meanwhile, congratulatory wishes poured in for Ashwin from different corners after he achieved the feat on Sunday.
“Fantastic landmark, @ashwinravi99 ! To go past @therealkapildev paaji is an achievement in itself. The way you were going, it was only a matter of time. Wish you many more!” Sachin Tendulkar wrote.
“Ashwin can be very proud of his journey that in the last couple of months he has gone past legends like Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh. Can he meet Anil Bhai at the summit? I think he can, what do you think?” Parthiv Patel tweeted.
“To go past Hadlee, Herath and Kapil Dev in one game must be a great feeling. It was, as always, a joy watching Ashwin bowl. His over to Nissanka was fabulous,” Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
Ashwin is the fourth Indian bowler to take over 400 wickets in Test cricket. He also became the ninth highest Test wicket-taker of all time, moving past New Zealand great Richard Hadlee (431) and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath (433) as well, apart from Kapil.
Only four Indian bowlers — Kumble, Ashwin, Kapil and Harbhajan Singh — have taken more than 400 wickets in Test cricket.