Ravichandran Ashwin has been India’s star with both bat and ball during the ongoing second Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The local boy first demolished tourists’ batting unit, picking up five wickets as they were bowled out for a paltry 134 in reply to India’s first innings total of 329.
In the second essay, Ashwin walked in to bat with India reeling at 106/6 and stitched a 96-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli, who was given out LBW on 62.
Batting with the tail, Ashwin raced away to register his fifth Test century, before being castled by fast bowler Ollie Stone.
With the hundred, the Tamil Nadu lad has now scored a century and taken a five-wicket haul in a Test match thrice in his career. He is now only behind former England captain Ian Botham, who’s achieved this feat five times.
On a pitch that has been criticised for being a minefield, Ashwin showed that with right technique and temperament, batsmen could shine, as he hit 13 fours and a six against the English bowling attack.
With the help of Ashwin’s heroics, India set England a target of 482 to win the contest as the hosts look to level the four-match series.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Chepauk applauds you, the country applauds you 👏 Ashwin, what an all round performance! @ashwinravi99
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 15, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 15, 2021
They – Pitch is naat good for batting,nno way can bat on thees.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 15, 2021
A 5-wicket haul followed by an excellent 💯 for the 3rd time in a Test!
— BCCI (@BCCI) 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
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 15, 2021
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 15, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 15, 2021
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) 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
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 14, 2021
— SAYYED IQBAL ABDULLAH (SIA) (@iqqiabdullah) 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
Well played Ash ! 🏏❤️✅ https://t.co/yoRY9S341B
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 15, 2021
🏴: it’s a bad pitch
🇮🇳: ‘Ravichandran Ashwin scores a ton’
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) 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
As much as I enjoyed Ashwin’s knock, I loved Sirajs beaming smile,fist pumps and celebrations when @ashwinravi99 got to his 100. Here is a man who puts others before self. I hope that character trait is backed as much as much as every other skill set he possesses #absolutegem
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 15, 2021
Ashwin brilliant. Well deserved. #INDvENG
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) February 15, 2021
Well played Chennai’s Super King !! Brilliant 100 from Ravi Ashwin …
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 15, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) February 15, 2021
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) February 15, 2021
— Naman Ojha (@namanojha35) February 15, 2021
When he bowled, the pitch appeared like a rank turner, when he batted it looked like a flat batting pitch. Take a bow @ashwinravi99 , you're truly a modern day legend. What a performance!!! #ashwin #INDvsENG @BCCI pic.twitter.com/DpYy20qUsm
— R SRIDHAR (@coach_rsridhar) February 15, 2021