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!!,” said former India and Tamil Nadu batsman WV Raman.
So, for a man who allegedly picks wickets on turners according to some, gets a hundred on a turner in the 2nd innin… https://t.co/DoJiK5I0iv
— W V Raman #TheWinningSixer (@wvraman) 1613384192000
Former England batsman Ian Bell tweeted, “Well, this is pretty special. Ruthless from India. Wonderful cricket. #Ashwin.”
Well, this is pretty special.Ruthless from India.Wonderful cricket.#Ashwin https://t.co/WbXZFl4JqD
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) 1613382765000
Former India Test opener Shikhar Dhawan, who opens for India in limited-overs cricket tweeted, “Chepauk applauds you, the country applauds you Ashwin, what an all round performance! @ashwinravi99.”
Chepauk applauds you, the country applauds you 👏 Ashwin, what an all round performance! @ashwinravi99
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) 1613383048000
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, whose record for second most wickets at home by an Indian was broken by Ashwin on Sunday, tweeted, “Class 100. Simply outstanding @ashwinravi99 take a bow Man bowing deeply.. showing everyone how to bat and bowl on this track.. well done @BCCI @StarSportsIndia #INDvsENG.”
Class 100 👏👏👏 Simply outstanding @ashwinravi99 take a bow 🙇♂️.. showing everyone how to bat and bowl on this track… https://t.co/pwNqju873r
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 1613382790000
Ashwin’s former India and Tamil Nadu teammate, Dinesh Karthik, said that while the whole world is talking about the poor pitch, Ashwin has proved his class by scoring a century at No. 8.
“When the whole whole world talks about it being a bad wicket, @ashwinravi99 gets a 100 batting at 8. I hope this lessens the doubts in all the pundits head. A certain game plan and implicit trust in defence gives you a great chance of doing well in this Chennai wicket #legend,” he tweeted.
When the whole whole world talks about it being a bad wicket,@ashwinravi99 gets a 100 batting at 7. I hope this le… https://t.co/asII3Rd5RC
— DK (@DineshKarthik) 1613383051000
India women cricketer Mithali Raj wrote, “What an outstanding performance from @ashwinravi99. The fifer followed by a brilliant hundred in the second innings. Top class.”
What an outstanding performance from @ashwinravi99 . The fifer followed by a brilliant hundred in the second innings . Top class 🙌🏻
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) 1613383758000
Even the opposition fans were in awe of Ashwin. “Well Batted Ash! (emoticons: clapping hands) A wonderful innings comes to end for Ashwin as he’s bowled by Stone for 106 Cricket bat and ball. India all out for 286, lead by 482 runs,” Barmy Army tweeted from its official handle.
Well Batted Ash! 👏A wonderful innings comes to end for Ashwin as he’s bowled by Stone for 106 🏏🇮🇳 India all out… https://t.co/zEhcb4bIHf
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) 1613384104000