IND vs ENG, Ravichandran Ashwin Can Bat Only On Turners: Former Players Laud Spinner
R Ashwin, who on Monday scored a century to become the first Indian player to score a hundred and take five wickets in an innings of a Test for the third time, earned effusive praise from former cricketers.
Ashwin took five wickets for 43 in England's first innings on Sunday, the second day of the second Test, and followed it up with 106 on Monday. It was his fifth Test ton.
Vinoo Mankad (vs England at Lord's, London, in 1952) and Polly Umrigar (vs West Indies in Port of Spain in 1961-62) are the other Indians to score a century and take five wickets in an innings.
"So, for a man who allegedly picks wickets on turners according to some, gets a hundred on a turner in the 2nd innings.. Well done @ashwinravi99 .. Can bat only on turners!! (emoticons: winking face with tongue)," said former India and Tamil Nadu batsman, WV Raman.
Former England batsman Ian Bell tweeted, "Well, this is pretty special. Ruthless from India. Wonderful cricket. #Ashwin."
Former India Test opener Shikhar Dhawan, who opens for India in limited-overs cricket tweeted, "Chepauk applauds you, the country applauds you (emoticon: clapping hands) Ashwin, what an all-round performance! @ashwinravi99."