Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin set a one-time record as England keep India on the pitch for a long time in the first of the four-game test series at Chennai. India had played poorly the first two days of the series, and took the backseat in home tests against England. They allowed the visitors to dictate the conditions and will be very disappointed with the way they played and played.
Joe Root played one of the best shots for a batsman on touring India as the right-hander became the first cricketer to score a double century on his 100th test. His 218 shot, along with Ben Stokes’ 82 and Dom Sibley’s 87, propelled England to a massive 578 in the opening rounds of the Chennai Test. England managed to stay in the crease for 190.1 overs over a two-day period and on the morning session of day three.
Ashwin cuts his highest number in a round
Ravichandran Ashwin beat his heart until day three, and he was left with no gasoline in the tank after trying hard for 53.1 overs, which is his most in a round he has played. He and Bumrah were the bowlers’ pick with three bagged wickets, and a lot of catches on the field didn’t help. The last time Ashwin played more than 50 overs in one set was in the 2018 Test Series against Australia.
Most one-sleeve overs by Ashwin
53.1 vs. Eng Chennai 2020/21 *
53.0 vs Adelaide 2011/12
52.5 vs Adelaide 2018/19
52.3 vs. Eng Kolkata 2012/13
52.1 v WI Mumbai WS 2011/12
A statistic that defines the degree of domination that the England batsman put against the Indian bowlers in the first innings. Much to improve in the second set for Ashwin as the pitch starts to behave differently.
Ashwin’s confidence ahead of the England series
Thanks to a good tour of Australia, Ashwin was really confident of performing well against England in India. He expressed his joy at winning the special series in Australia and he added that he will consider succeeding in an exciting battle against the England team.
“Special result in Australia. Wonderful result and it was good to put a smile on the faces of the fans in these times. I have never experienced (of what happened in Australia) anything like this in the past and I don’t expect that to happen in the future as well. We never really had much time to look back as the schedule is busy and I think that’s the right way to go. Looking forward to a series of cracking, ” Ashwin told the broadcasters.
Ravichandran Ashwin was second in most wickets by an Indian player in the Australian series and he took 12 wickets in 3 games.