Ravichandran Ashwin attributes his steady wadding show in Sydney to his record tone in the second test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari scored 258 balls to help India move away with an epic draw and head to the final test at Gabba, which the tournament won by three wickets to end the series 2-1.
Proving his worth with the bat, Ashwin scored 106 escaped 148 balls with the help of 14 fours and sixes at Chepauk’s revolving goal. 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. Ashwin, the hero of India’s all-encompassing victory, was also convicted of “Man of the Match.”
“It was a red wicket, the first was a clay wicket. As much as things predicted from the outside, I thought the balls that did a lot didn’t get wickets. That was the mind of the batsmen we wickets had. I’ve been playing here and there for years. it takes pace and cunning. Keeping the intent was very important. It’s very important to put pressure on the bowlers, because if you let them dictate the terms, “Ashwin said.
“I just wanted to take it on myself and after I tied the first ball, I realized I had caught that leash. I’m a person who tries hard and when things don’t go my way, I try harder. Vikram Rathore was very supportive. My beating was for hands to think tactically rather than technically. Ajinkya played a crucial role in telling me I was overdoing it. This inning in Sydney really set the tone for me, “he added.
The veteran, who did not turn around, also acknowledged the crowd in Tamil and said he gained a “sense of heroism” while playing in Chennai during Kovid.
“As an eight-year-old I came here to these many stands to watch cricket. I’ve played four test matches here and easily this is the most special. I feel like a hero here playing cricket during Kovid, and it’s known the crowd came out in “They were 1-0 without the crowd and we did 1-1 with them. We hope we can move on,” he said.
The four-match series has now moved to Ahmedabad, where the third test, the Day-Night affair, will take place at the newly built Sardar Patel Stadium in Mottera on February 24th.