New Delhi: The first day of second Test match between India and England would have surely shocked the hosts as they lost early wickets on Friday. With the premier Indian batsmen back in pavilion, it was country’s miraculous spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who alongside Cheteshwar Pujara helped the hosts to stay in the game.
As the premier Indian batsmen failed to read Panesar and Swann, Ashwin showcased patience and solid batting technique to surprise the visitors.
If you are thinking that Ashwin’s solid knock of 60 runs was probably a fluke, think again. The Chennai boy, shot to fame with his carom ball, has an impressive batting record in the Tests.
The ‘carrom ball’ spinner had also slammed 103 runs against West Indies at Mumbai in November, 2011. He was the only Indian player to score a century in the Test with Sachin Tendulkar’s knock of 94 runs being the second highest for the hosts.
Ashwin’s knock of 103 runs off 180 balls had helped India to post 482 runs in reply to West Indies’ 590 runs in the first innings.
More than his century, it was Ashwin’s batting style that gave an impression of a much needed all-rounder in Tests for India.
He also scored a resilient knock of 62 runs against Australia in January, 2012 but his heroics couldn’t help India save the match.
Even today, Ashwin showcased his simple approach to batting and despite being the beside the line player, he was pleasing on the eye as well.
With a century under his belt, if Ashwin is given responsibility when it comes to his batting, he can only get better.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni, known for trying different things, should definitely make use of country’s frontline spinner in the batting department as well.