New Delhi: On the third day of the second Test between India and England, India’s star bowler Ravichandran Ashwin played such an innings that the cricketer was forced to press his fingers under the teeth. After piling up England’s innings with their balls, Ashwin landed as the 7th wicket and hit two fours as soon as he came. Ashwin proved the brilliance of his batting by playing excellent shots. Showing confidence like an opener, Ravichandran Ashwin scored 106 runs.
Today was Ashwin’s name in the cricket world all over the world. Ashwin made excellent boundaries on the first and second ball as soon as he came. After this, Ashwin gave the English bowlers water by applying beautiful sweep, reverse sweep, pull and cover drive. Like a presumed batsman, Ashwin hit the first century on home ground, the spectators who watched the innings on the ground, as if his hair was standing. This is Ashwin’s fifth century in Test history.
With this, Ashwin has also achieved a unique achievement. Ravichandran Ashwin has equaled New Zealand’s great all-rounder Sir Richard Headley in terms of taking five wickets in a single Test and playing innings of 50 runs or more. Ashwin took five wickets for 43 runs on the second day of the second Test match with England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and after that, batting, scored a brilliant half-century.
This is the sixth time Ashwin has scored 50 or more runs apart from taking five wickets in a single Test. Sir Headley, considered one of the greatest all-rounders in the world, also did this feat six times during his illustrious career. The list is headed by former England captain and all-rounder Ian Botham. Botham has done this feat 11 times. Among the current players, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has done so on nine occasions so far.
After this, Headley and Ashwin are named. In this order, the fifth order is ranked by the great West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall. Marshall has done this feat five times. Three players are sixth in this list. India’s star all-rounder Kapil Dev, New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns and India’s own Ravindra Jadeja have scored five or more wickets in the same Test on four occasions in their career, besides scoring 50 or more runs.