Ravichandran Ashwin made a strong return to India playing XI after missing out on the World Test Championship final against Australia. He took his 33rd five-wicket haul in Test cricket as the West Indies were bowled out for 150 on day 1 of the first Test.
Ashwin took 5/60 while Ravindra Jadeja three for 26. Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur each took 1 wicket. With Tagernarine Chanderpaul’s wicket, Ashwin became the first Indian bowler to rule out the father-son combination in Test cricket. Newcomer Alick Athanaze was the leading scorer for the Windies with 47 in the first inning.
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Former Indian versatile irfan pathan he had an interesting take on Ashwin’s unique father-and-son feat. “Don’t let the generation go out to learn from Ashwin…” Pathan tweeted.
Eliminate the generation, which should learn from Ashwin…
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 12, 2023
The veteran spinner reflected on his performance and also spoke about the nature of the wicket.
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The pitch was expected to be dry: Ravichandran Ashwin
“Very good performance. There was moisture on the grass in the first session. He slowed down and began to spin some more. He slowed down a lot. I personally enjoyed my first spell and had to adjust a bit more afterward. I wasn’t surprised by the pitch, I expected it to be a bit dry. On my previous tours of the West Indies, when it turns, it also tends to be slow.” Ashwin said.
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The senior spinner further spoke about evolution as a player in this modern age of Test cricket and also how to adapt to bowling in different conditions.
“(Evolve over the game) It is the most important trait to be an international cricketer. With so many leagues, we can get carried away with league performances, but international cricket is all about improving all the time. (Jaiswal) He just did a reverse sweep with the first ball off the last! That’s what you can expect from him. It’s very vibrant, I hope it goes far. For our part, we hope the environment is good for him.” Ashwin said.
India also dominated on day 2 with rohit sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal both scored hundreds. Rohit scored 103 while Jaiswal was unbeaten on 143. Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 36 from 96 balls while India were 312/2 at stumps on day 2. Shubman Gill batted in three and scored just six from 11 balls.
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