With India losing both the overnight centurions, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, in quick succession on the second morning, the visitors needed someone to stem the rot and get quick runs on the board to take the total of colossal proportions and it was Ashwin who did the job again.
He went on to bring up his 11th Test fifty in style with a six, but departed almost immediately after that. This was Ashwin's tenth score of fifty-plus in Tests while batting at a position of 6 or lower since 2015. Only the English duo of Ben Stokes (13 times) and Jonny Bairstow (11) have managed more that the Indian off spin wizard, which yet again manifests the solidity that Ashwin adds to India's lower order.
Ashwin also reached the landmark of 2000 Test runs, which made him the fastest cricketr to achieve the double of 2000 Test runs and 250 Test wickets, beating legends like Richard Hadlee, Ian Botham and Imran Khan.
In terms Interms of completing the double of 2000 Test runs and 200 wickets, Botham (42 matches), Kapil Dev and Imran Khan (both 50 matches) are slightly ahead of Ashwin. That is also the case because there have been several instances when Ashwin has not got a chance to bat due to India's impressive top order.
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First Published: August 4, 2017, 1:56 PM IST