Ashwin had rewriiten history when skipper Kohli handed him the new ball to open the bowling attack for the Asian giants at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. BCCI has also uploaded the video of Ravichandran Ashwin’s historic step on their website, celebrating the special occasion.
Ashwin came round the wicket and forced the batsman to defend. The ball generated extra bounce, took the edge of Burns’ bat and went straight to Ajinkya Rahane at slips. With that, Ashwin achieved a unique feat in the cricket. Before that South African Bert Vogler did the same back in 1907. The first spinner ever to bag a wicket off the first ball of an innings was former England cricketer Bobby Peel in 1888.
Former India cricketer VVS Laxman highlighted Kohli's decision to give the first over to Ashwin as the appealing skipper made the most of the spin-friendly pitch of the Chepauk on Day 4 of the 1st Test. After scoring a crucial 33 in the 1st innings, in-form England opener Burns was handed a golden duck by Ashwin.
"I feel India, mindset wise, has been ahead of England. The fighting spirit we saw early on between Ashwin and Washington Sundar and their partnership," Laxman said "And also the lovely move by Virat Kohli to give the new ball to Virat Kohli. The ball that turned sharply. This is the 4th day wicket, not the first or 2nd day wicket. So, the test will be on for the English batsmen as far as their defensive skills are concerned," Laxman added.