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Ashwin completes century! India great takes 100th Test wicket vs England

Ashwin completes century! India great takes 100th Test wicket vs England

With Bairstow's dismissal, Ravichandran Ashwin also became only the seventh cricketer in history to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets against the same team in Tests.

India vs England 4th Test, Day 1 (IND vs ENG): India’s Ravichandran Ashwin etched his name further into cricketing history on Day 1 of the 4th Test against England, achieving a rare century – 100 wickets against a opponent in Test matches.

Ravichandran Ashwin magic

England’s Jonny Bairstow was cruising with a well-made 38, threatening to build a substantial partnership with Joe Root. However, R Ashwin had other plans. The ball pitched on leg stump, took a sharp turn, and rapped Bairstow on the pads before dislodging the bails.

Although initially given not out, India’s review overturned the decision, handing Ravichandran Ashwin a crucial wicket and sparking celebrations.

A Double Feat for the Ages

With Bairstow’s dismissal, Ravichandran Ashwin became only the seventh cricketer in history to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets against the same team in Tests. He joins an illustrious list that includes legends like Ian Botham, Stuart Broad, and Garfield Sobers.

Ashwin’s England Dominance

Reaching this milestone in just 23 Tests against England highlights Ashwin’s exceptional record against the Three Lions. He has become a thorn in their side over the years, consistently taking wickets and controlling the flow of the game.

Botham’s Shadow Looms

While achieving the double in 23 Tests is an incredible feat, Ian Botham stands alone with the fastest double against Australia, achieved in just 22 Tests. However, Ashwin has the opportunity to surpass Botham in the remaining Tests of the series.

More to come from R Ashwin?

With his spin weaving magic on Day 1, Ashwin has put India in a commanding position. This historic milestone is just the beginning, and cricket fans can expect more brilliance from the Indian maestro as the series unfolds.

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