Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, proved his brilliancy, he led his all-round talent and beat England in 317 runs in the second Test in Chennai to level the four-match series at 1-1. India won the 2nd Test against England by a fetching 317-run margin in Chennai and levelled the 4-match series 1-1 on Tuesday. Ravichandran Ashwin excelled in the match and scored 119 (including a century) runs and took 8 wickets (including a five-wicket haul) in the match.
Ashwin took eight wickets in the match and scored an extraordinary century on a complicated pitch as India wrapped the game in four days. Rohit Sharma, with his seventh Test century, and Axar Patel, with a maiden five-wicket haul on debut, were other key contributors for the home side India needed 7 wickets to register a win after losing the first match by a massive 227-run margin.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel made sure that no noticeable partnership blossomed in the middle. He now has achieved the unique double of scoring 1000-plus runs and picking in excess of 100 wickets against England across formats. He is only the second Indian cricketer to get to the milestone against the Englishmen after former captain Kapil Dev. He has now also become the second-highest wicket taker in home Tests with 268 scalps, surpassing Harbhajan Singh (265). Kumble, with 350 wickets, leads the charts.
Ashwin in twitter says “I can’t express how I feel right now, but I am so very grateful to each and every one who has wished me over the last few days. I would also like to thank the #Knowledgable Chennai Crowd for turning up in numbers and making me feel like a hero.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli praises Ashwin: “Ashwin batted outstandingly well and that partnership between us was very vital. I knew I could trust my defence and easily bat four sessions on this pitch. Ahmedabad is going to be challenging. This England side has quality players and we need to be on our ‘A’ game throughout,” he said.