Ravichandran Ashwin’s commanding presence in the 2nd test has taken away the winds out of England’s sails . From the 2nd day of the 2nd test at Chennai Ashwin has taken over the test match all on his own . 5 wickets on the 2nd day have sent total shockwaves amongst English batsmen . They are unable to find any solution to handle him. And if that was not enough his century on day 3 have sealed England’s fate in ruthless fashion .
When Virat Kohli bats well , its impossible to take spotlight away from him . However Ashwin has done exactly that in front of his home crowd on the 3rd day. From the moment he stepped into the crease , Ashwin showed positive intent and soon started outscoring Kohli . Towards the later stage of the partnership Ashwin almost overtook Kohli .
Started off as a batter in his younger days , Ashwin is no stranger to test hundreds having already notched up 4 centuries and seemed to have an affinity towards the West Indies in scoring hundreds .
Ashwin’s strokeplay was fundamentally based on the merit of the ball . Knowing fully well that mere pushing and prodding will get him out on this treacherous pitch , Ashwin decided to play positively and put the bowling to the sword . What followed was some excellent strokeplay and some fierce hits and a few close calls as England bowlers probably did not expect such an innings.
Moreover he has made many English experts who criticised the pitch vehemently , eat their words
He is not yet finished as a 4th innings on a difficult pitch with the red cherry beckons.
Already having achieved scoring a hundred and taking a fifer 3 times in tests lower than only Ian Botham who did it 5 times. Another 5 wicket haul in 2nd innings will give him 10 wickets and that will make very very few players in that category of 10 wickets in a test match and a 100 .
As Ashwin prepares for day 4 , we look at some nice /funny Twitter reactions on his 100 below.
Well played Chennai’s Super King !! Brilliant 100 from Ravi Ashwin …
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 15, 2021
Great things never come from comfort zone and this is great knock from @ashwinravi99Also showed it’s going to be hard batting on this pitch but hard does not mean impossible. Nothing but RESPECT Ash #INDvsENGpic.twitter.com/1S2Wdiv83Y— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 15, 2021
What an outstanding performance from @ashwinravi99 . The fifer followed by a brilliant hundred in the second innings . Top class
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) February 15, 2021
Class 100 Simply outstanding @ashwinravi99take a bow .. showing everyone how to bat and bowl on this track.. well done @BCCI@StarSportsIndia #INDvsENG— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 15, 2021
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 15, 2021
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