Could See Fire: Nasser Hussain Praises Ravichandran Ashwin for His Dominant Show in Ranchi

Published By: Ritayan Basu

Last Updated: February 26, 2024, 15:22 IST

IND vs ENG: India's Ravichandran Ashwin against England (AP)

IND vs ENG: India’s Ravichandran Ashwin against England (AP)

Ravichandran Ashwin registered a five-wicket haul to go on level with legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble with 35 fifers to his name.

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain showered immense praise on Ravichandran Ashwin for registering a five-wicket haul on Day 3 of the fourth Test in Ranchi. Despite being one of the most experienced bowlers in his team, Ashwin struggled to showcase his A-game in the previous matches of the Test series against England. He managed to pick up only 11 wickets in six innings before heading into the Ranchi Test. Ashwin, however, came up with a promising spell when his team needed him the most in the fixture. India captain Rohit Sharma kept faith in Ashwin as he sent the spinner to bowl with the new ball. Ashwin lived up to the expectations and went on to claim the 35th five-wicket haul of his Test career. It helped the 37-year-old equal Anil Kumble’s record of fetching the most fifers by an Indian bowler.

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Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope in consecutive deliveries early on the day before sending off Joe Root, Ben Foakes and James Anderson later. His dominant performance helped India restrict England to 145 runs in their second innings.

Referring to Ravichandran Ashwin’s game-changing spell, Nasser Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail, “People have been saying Ashwin has had a quiet series, but this game has been a reminder that you don’t keep a great cricketer down. Ashwin underlined the point in their second. You could see the fire in his eyes when Rohit gave him the new ball: he was determined to stamp his class on the series.”

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The former England skipper further hailed Rohit Sharma’s unusual strategy to introduce the spinners early. Hussain wrote, “Rohit Sharma got it spot on when he opened the bowling with Ravichandran Ashwin, after delaying his entry for too long in the first innings at Rajkot. That allowed Duckett, who has struggled against Ashwin, to get off to a flyer, and Rohit wasn’t going to make that mistake again.”

Apart from Ravichandran Ashwin, other Indian spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja also excelled with the ball. Kuldeep dismissed English opener Zak Crawley, who was the top scorer of his side in the second innings with 60 runs. Kuldeep wrapped up the innings with a four-wicket haul while Jadeja got one under his belt.

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