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Ashwin Scripts a Unique Record in more than 100 Years

Indian veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the first spinner in more than 100 years to get a wicket off the first ball of an innings.

Ashwin First ball wicket

Before the 34-year-old, former South African cricketer Bert Vogler achieved the feat in 1907. The first spinner ever to pick up a wicket off the first ball of an innings was former England bowler Bobby Peel in 1888.

In the second innings of the England Ashwin achieved this feat by dismissing Rory Burns for duck.

Earlier in the first innings, Ashwin had claimed 3/146 including the wickets of Burns, Ollie Pope and James Anderson. He also bowled the longest in an innings of a Test match for India, bowling a total of 55.1 overs.

Most overs in an innings by Ashwin

  • 53.1 vs England, Chennai (2020/21*)
  • 53.0 vs Australia, Adelaide (2011/12)
  • 52.5 vs Australia, Adelaide (2018/19)
  • 52.3 vs England, Kolkata (2012/13)
  • 52.1 vs West Indies, Mumbai (2011/12)

During his earlier spell, Ashwin also bowled the first-ever no-ball of his Test career. The off-spinner had gone more than 20,600 balls before overstepping in Test cricket.

On the other hand, fellow India spinner Sundar also marked a record during his impressive start to his Test career. The 21-year-old, during his unbeaten 85-run knock, joined an elite list of Team India batsmen with 50-plus scores in debut innings both home and away.

Scoring 50+ in debut innings both home and away (India)

  • Rusi Modi
  • Surinder Amarnath
  • Arun Lal
  • Sourav Ganguly
  • Suresh Raina
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Washington Sundar

Winning the toss England choose to bat first. With Joe Root’s double century England scored 578 runs. India scored 337 runs for 10 wickets loss where India’s star players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma failed to score massive runs.

England in their second innings struggles to face the Indian bolwers and scored only 178 runs. On the other hand India need to score 400+ runs in order to win the 1st test match against England.

In the day 5 of the 1st Test India loses another wicket and scored 78 runs for 2 wickets loss. India may seeks to draw the match by carrying the wickets.

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