India vs England Series: Team India veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has always been a handy batsman, right from the domestic level. Ash's 5-Test tons will vouch that Ashwin is no slump with the bat in the peak level either. However, the batting of Ashwin had gone down in the last couple of years, and at one point it even came back to question his place in the side. Therefore, it will be the biggest instance for Ashwin, who will be eyeing for his 400 Test wickets when the TN cricketer heads into the upcoming pink-ball Day/Night Test to be played at Ahemadabad, starting from February 24.
In that circumstances, it was quite evident that Ashwin notched a scintillating century (106 off 148) on Monday, Day 3 of the second Test between India and England, showcasing his glee quite passionately by removing his helmet and punching the air. Notably, It's the third occasion of Ashwin getting a hundred and a five-wicket haul in the same match. It could have been a double delight for him as his fifth Test hundred came at his home ground.
Now, Ashwin has a hundred and a five-wicket haul in the Test three times, two less than the leader Ian Botham and one more than Sir Gary Sobers, Jacques Kallis, and Shakib Al Hasan. This was Ashwin's third hundred in the No 8 slot in Test cricket and equalled Kamran Akmal's three hundred and the TN cricketer is now one behind former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who made 4 hundred at No 8 position.
Ashwin's knock and his 96-run partnership with Indian captain Kohli propelled India to post a quite challenging 286 as the hosts attempt to level the series after having lost the first Test. He was the last wicket to fall as India were bowled out for 286 runs in their second innings and set England a daunting 482 runs to win the Test.