India allrounder R Ashwin had a dream day at his home ground MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai, smashing his 5th Test century in the second Test against England. The conditions were said to be difficult but Ashwin, batting at No. 8, made 106 off 148 as India piled on the misery on England bowlers setting the visitors a target of 482 to win on the third day.
Walking in at 106 for 6, Ashwin combined with Virat Kohli to take the game away from England with a stand of 94 runs for the sixth wicket with the skipper, who made 62; and then added further 84 runs to the India total with the tail. He reached his 100 with streaky edge and in front of the home crowd, it was a special moment for the off-spinner. The knock was the third time Ashwin has picked up five wickets and scored a century in a Test match.
Ashwin’s knock was cheered on by the Chepauk stadium, and also thousands from their homes via social media. From calling him the best cricketer Tamil Nadu has ever produced to sledging Tim Paine, Twitter had a field day.
Here’s a wrap.
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) February 15, 2021
Well played Chennai’s Super King !! Brilliant 100 from Ravi Ashwin …
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 15, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 15, 2021
Tim Paine: your teammates don’t like you.
Ravi Ashwin’s teammates on Ashwin’s milestone: pic.twitter.com/wJXRjCurH6
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 15, 2021
Siraj and the rest of the Indian team’s celebration of Ashwin’s hundred rather debunks Tim Paine’s theory that none of them like him, doesn’t it?
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) February 15, 2021
Ashwin with his 5th test century. That is five more than Tim Paine but atleast his mates like him.
— Manas Singh (@menacesingh) February 15, 2021
— Harsh #ICT💙 (@Harsh__One8) February 15, 2021
When the whole whole world talks about it being a bad wicket,@ashwinravi99 gets a 100 batting at 7. I hope this lessens the doubts in all the pundits head. A certain game plan and implicit trust in defence gives you a great chance of doing well in this Chennai wicket #legend
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 15, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 15, 2021
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 15, 2021
Chepauk applauds you, the country applauds you 👏 Ashwin, what an all round performance! @ashwinravi99
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 15, 2021
— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) February 15, 2021
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 15, 2021
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) February 15, 2021
Ashwin had picked 5 for 43 in the first innings.