Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stole the show on the second day of the opening Test against Australia in Adelaide as he plucked four wickets to put Australia in control. R Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bowled with complete control and rhythm that unsettled Australia. The 34-year old felt that he was making his debut all over again in the process.
R Ashwin struck in his first over of the match, removing Australia’s ace batsman Steve Smith for a single. He proceeded to dismiss Travis Head, Cameron Green, and Nathan Lyon as other bowlers also chipped in to support him. In 18 overs, he finished with figures of 18-3-55-4 as the tourists ended with 62 runs ahead.
R Ashwin felt delighted and surprised to play Test cricket again, especially considering what they were going through a few months ago. Having done plenty of work during the lockdown, the veteran spinner felt excellent to execute his plans with the pink ball.
“I’m so happy we are playing Test cricket again. It’s been a long time and I didn’t imagine that we will be playing Test cricket looking at what’s happening around. Me being extremely mad about the sport, did a lot of work during the lockdown. So it was refreshing to go out there and bowl, the feeling was great, the pink-ball Test and all that new thing about the pink ball,” Ashwin said as quoted by Times of India.
The way he bats, so it was an important wicket and I enjoyed it: R Ashwin
The Tamil Nadu off-spinner also felt that he was playing his first Test and conceded that Steve Smith’s wicket was a huge and crucial one, considering how he bats and his record in Test cricket.
“Felt amazing to go out there and play. I felt I was making my debut all over again so I really enjoyed bowling. Obviously, Smith’s wicket was a big wicket. The way he bats, so it was an important wicket and I enjoyed it,” he added.