India and West Indies are currently locking horns with each other in the second game of the series at the Queen’s Park in Port of Spain in Trinidad. Indian-off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been the top performer in the game as he has impressed many with his batting as well as bowling.
After India were bundled out 438 runs, West Indies had a great start with the bat as skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (33) batted well, stitching 71 runs for the opening partnership and ending Day 2 of the game on high.
Despite losing his opening partner and Kirk McKenzie (32), Kraigg Brathwaite continued batting with the same intensity and batted quite sensibly. He held the one end and kept the run rate in check and in the process brought up his first half-century of the series.
With the way Kraigg Brathwaite was batting a big knock was on the cards and something special was needed to stop him and Ravichandran Ashwin did exactly that. The off-spinner produced a peach of a delivery and removed the West Indies skipper for 75 runs.
On the third ball of the 4th ball of the 73rd over, Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a jaffa which turned sharply and went through the gate. Kraigg Brathwaite tried to defend but missed the line of the delivery only to see his stump rattling.
Here’s the video:
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This was for the 7th time Ravichandran Ashwin removed Kraigg Brathwaite in the Tests. The batter has managed just 150 runs against the off-spinner and has an average of 21.42.
IND vs WI: He knows how to score runs – Dinesh Karthik on Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings impressed many with his batting. He scored 56 runs off 78 deliveries, including eight boundaries, and was out while trying to take bowlers to the cleaners. His innings propelled India to the first innings total of 438.
Dinesh Karthik pointed out how Ravichandran Ashwin has been chipping in with the bat. He highlighted his lazy elegance and said that he knows how to score runs. Speaking to Cricbuzz, he said:
“There is something about the man, isn’t it? We end up talking about him in almost every Test match that he plays. He does something, more often it’s with the ball, but there are many occasions that he’s done so well with the bat. I remember very vividly when I saw him in Bangalore in one of those U17 games, he was somebody who could keep bowling off-spin and keep things tight in an ODI.
“From thereon, he’s become arguably one of the greatest off-spinners. But the key point that I’m trying to make here is he was a batter before, and you could see it when he plays. He knows how to score runs. He has got his lazy elegance,” he concluded.