Homeboy Ravichandran Ashwin on Tuesday thanked the audience in Chennai after India’s all-encompassing 317-fold victory over England in the second test at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Ashwin scored 106 escaped 148 balls with the help of 14 fours and sixes, climbing his fifth test tone on the revolving Chepauk track. Ashwin’s century was followed by a five-wicket in England’s first innings, making him only the second cricketer to achieve the feat of a century and a player in the same game on three different occasions. Ian Botham of England had done it five times.
The 34-year-old scored eight wickets in the test, including five wickets in the first innings, forcing him to win the Man of the Match award.
“I can’t express how I feel right now, but I’m very grateful to everyone and everyone who’s wanted me over the last few days. I’d also like to thank #KnowledgableChennaiCrowd for appearing in the numbers and making me feel like a hero, ”Ashwin wrote on Twitter.
Recalling his childhood, Ashwin acknowledged the crowd in Tamil in the presentation after the match.
“I watched cricket from exactly those stands here, in Chepauk, when I was eight or nine years old. My father took me here for all kinds of test matches and I would dream of getting a chance to walk this field or at least play a game.” said Ashwin.
The series of four tests now moves to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth matches. The third test will be the Day-Night affair, which will be played on February 24 at the newly built Sardar Patel Stadium in Mottera. The fourth test will be played at this place.