R Ashwin 100: Playing at his home ground, Ravichandran Ashwin followed a five-wicket haul with a Test century.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Chennai, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has slammed all critics of the Chepauk pitch with his bat by scoring his fifth Test century.
Coming in to bat at No. 8 in the 37th over, Ashwin joined captain Virat Kohli on a surface which had witnessed the Indian top-order collapsing for not many runs today.
What followed was a 96-run partnership between Kohli and Ashwin which further strengthened India’s position in the match. Ashwin, who scored his first boundary off the second delivery that he faced, scored another one in the same over to give early hints of him looking unperturbed by the pitch.
With Kohli putting on display a masterclass by blocking the English bowlers with utmost comfort, Ashwin continued his brisk run-making with a lot of authority.
Completing his half-century soon after Kohli crossed the 50-run mark, Ashwin appeared to match his captain with the bat in hand. Once Kohli was dismissed in the 66th over, there was a general assumption of India bundling down without Ashwin reaching the three-figure mark.
Batting at 56* at that time, Ashwin up the ante knowing that he was in a race against time to complete his century. Ashwin, who needed 18 runs when India’s No. 11 in Mohammed Siraj came in to bat, batted with wisdom to keep Siraj off strike whenever possible whilst taking calculated risks himself to reach the three-figure mark in the 82nd over.
R Ashwin 100
Chepauk applauds you, the country applauds you 👏 Ashwin, what an all round performance! @ashwinravi99
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 15, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 15, 2021
Ashwin’s delight upon reaching the hundred said a lot. He has lost out a place in the XI a few times on account of his batting. But that innings in Sydney has sparked revival. Surely, his sights are now set on 10 wickets to go with this.
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 15, 2021
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 15, 2021
Century and a 5-for by Indians in the same Test match:
R Ashwin – 3 times
All other Indians – 2 times (Mankad in 1952 & Umrigar in 1962)#INDvsENG
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 15, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 15, 2021
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) February 15, 2021
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 15, 2021
Great things never come from comfort zone and this is great knock from @ashwinravi99 Also showed it’s going to be hard batting on this pitch but hard does not mean impossible. Nothing but RESPECT Ash🙏 #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/1S2Wdiv83Y
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 15, 2021
Wonderful from Ashwin. I was beginning to fear that the batsman in him was getting lost. On a difficult track, this century is a gem.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 15, 2021
Take a bow @ashwinravi99 : five wickets and now a ton, that too on home turf.. one of the great all round performances in Indian cricket.. third time he’s done the double.. only Ian Botham now lies ahead with 5! 👍👍
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 15, 2021
Well played Chennai’s Super King !! Brilliant 100 from Ravi Ashwin …
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 15, 2021
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 15, 2021
Yes Ashwin 👏🏽👏🏽 Plus well played Siraj….
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) February 15, 2021
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) February 15, 2021
Seriously think that heroic effort to save the Sydney Test just brought back Ashwin’s confidence & mojo with bat. Was always a capable lower-order batsman, but his batting was on the wane last few years. This has been terrific from him. Played Ash! #INDvENG
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 15, 2021
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