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India's Ravichandran Ashwin says reaching 100 Test milestone means more to his family than himself

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin believes the occasion of his 100th Test is more for his family than it is for him after he insisted reaching the landmark "does not mean anything to me".

Ashwin will become just the 14th India cricketer to get to the landmark in the fifth and final Test against England, which starts in the picturesque surroundings of Dharamsala on Thursday.

While England's Jonny Bairstow is readying himself for an "emotional" week as he also joins the 100 Test club, India's premier spinner Ashwin does not place too much significance on the milestone.

The 37-year-old pointed out former team-mates including Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Zaheer Khan did not get to three figures in Test appearances and argued doing so is not the be-all and end-all for him.

"Just because I have great memory, people actually think that I value numbers, but I actually don't," said Ashwin, who celebrated his 500th Test wicket earlier on in a series India lead 3-1.

"It does not mean anything to me. The 100th Test match probably means 10 x 100 to my dad, it means a lot to my wife and my mother. My daughters are more excited than I am. It's just a number.

"Zaheer Khan could not play his 100th Test match, MS Dhoni could have rode on his (success) and played 100 Tests, but he did not."

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