Ravichandran Ashwin Achieves a Massive Cricket Feat for the First Time in More than 100 Years
According to The Hindu, veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the first spinner in over 100 years of Test cricket to earn the distinction of dismissing a batsman off the very first ball of an innings.
On day four of the first Test against England, Ashwin sent back England opener Rory Burns off the very first ball of the second innings, caught by Ajinkya Rahane in the slips, to become only the third spinner in the 134-year history of the game to earn that rare distinction.
According to the publication, the last time it happened was when South African leg spinner Bert Vogler dismissed England’s Tom Hayward in a Test match at the Oval in 1907. It was the first ball of the match.
The first spinner to achieve the feat was Yorkshire left-arm spinner Bobby Peel during an Ashes Test match in 1888.
“First innings became such a toil for us that we kept hoping that somehow a wicket comes along. So when I got one off the first ball in the second innings, I was so happy. But I didn’t know that it was a record. Once I came in, the team management told me that this has happened after 100 years,” Ashwin said in an interview with BCCI.
“I should thank Virat because I knew that you (Ishant) were supposed to bowl but Virat told me that you go ahead and bowl the first over,” said the off-spinner, who now has 386 wickets from 75 Tests.
Ashwin was also lauded by many for attaining his 28th Test five-for in only his 75th Test. This became the wily off-spinner’s 22nd five-wicket haul at home, equalling with England’s pacer James Anderson in an elite list.
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