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India vs England 2021: Ravichandran Ashwin Does A Hat-Trick - Takes Fifer and Scores Hundred For Third Time in Test Career

India vs England 2021: Ravichandran Ashwin Does A Hat-Trick - Takes Fifer and Scores Hundred For Third Time in Test Career

Ashwin - the all-rounder - could not have chosen a better moment to make a comeback for India - in front of his home crowd when the team needed the senior statesman to step up and make his performance count.

R Ashwin registered a unique hat-trick today by scoring a hundred and taking a fifer in the same Test for a third time in his Test career. The off spinner who had returned with 5 wickets on Day 2 to rout England for 134, scored a masterclass unbeaten 106 under pressure today batting England out of the match - it was his fifth Test century and his first at his home ground in Chennai. It was also only the fifth instance in India's Test cricket history when a player had scored a hundred and picked five wickets in an innings in the same Test. Astonishingly, Ashwin finds his name on the honours board three out of the five times!

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Vinoo Mankad was the first Indian to achieve the feat - against England at Lord's in 1952. Polly Umrigar scored an unbeaten 172 and returned with 5/107 against the West Indies at Port of Spain at Trinidad in 1962. Ashwin recorded 103 and picked 5 wickets for 156 runs against West Indies in Mumbai in 2011 and scored 113 returning with 7-83 against the same opposition at North Sound in 2016.

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Earlier during his knock, R Ashwin became the first Indian cricketer to bag five wickets in an innings and also register a fifty in the same Test at his home ground. Ashwin, the local boy, had produced a masterclass with the ball yesterday returning with 5-43 helping India rout England for 134. He then came in to bat with India in trouble at 106 for 6 in the second innings and put together a potentially match-winning partnership of 96 with Virat Kohli for the seventh wicket.

Ashwin picked his 29th fifter in Test cricket yesterday as he saw the back of Sibley, Lawrence and Stokes breaking the backbone of the English top-order. He returned with 5-43 in 23.5 overs routing England for their second-lowest score in India and giving the home team a match-defining 195-run lead. If Day 2 belonged to Ashwin the bowler, Ashwin the batsman dominated Day 3.

India lost 5 quick wickets in the morning session and were in trouble at 106 for 6 when Ashwin joined his skipper Virat Kohli at the crease. India could have collapsed for less than 120 in the second innings which would have given England an outside chance of a win. Ashwin top-scored for India spending 235 minutes at the crease defying the Egland bowlers for 148 deliveries.

Ashwin produced one of the best performances of his Test career when India needed it the most - when, after many years, their home domination was being challenged by a visiting team. His recent exploits with the bat in Australia suggest a turnaround for Ashwin the batsman after poor returns in the last few years.

Ashwin - the all-rounder - could not have chosen a better moment to make a comeback for India - in front of his home crowd when the team needed the senior statesman to step up and make his performance count.



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1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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1 England 5405 123
2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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