On Sunday, the off-spinner picked another five-wicket haul – 29th of his career and in two matches in a row – and now he becomes only the second player after Sir Ian Botham — to make the double of a fifer and a hundred in the same Test three or more times.
Gautam Gambhir, after the day’s play, said that Ashwin has shown people how to bat on a tricky pitch. The former opener praises Ashwin’s effort of making the double, especially in front of his home crowd – the stuff of dreams, Gambhir reckons.
“There was so much talk about wicket and stuff, so many people talked that this is unplayable and stuff. He has shown that he can do it with the ball and he can do it with the bat as well.
“He always had the talent, you can’t have 5 Test hundred if you don’t have the talent and what better to get it at a place where you have actually grown up,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.
“You have always dreamt of getting runs and especially Test hundred on your home ground and on a wicket like this, you have already taken a five-for, then you go and get a hundred which no other batter has got in this innings, what a feeling, what a Test match,” he added.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the greatest match-winner for India since Anil Kumble: Gautam Gambhir
The 39-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator even opines that Ravichandran Ashwin is the greatest match-winner India had since former captain, Anil Kumble, who is the leading wicket-taker in Test for India.
Gautam Gambhir feels that the off-spinner sometimes is under shadowed by other superstars in the side, however, this is his time to shine and hog all the limelight, and deservedly so.
“He always goes under the radar a little bit, because there are players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah. What he has done in Test cricket for India is unbelievable, I don’t see many players who have got five Test hundreds and are close to getting 400 Test wickets.
“Anil Kumble scored 1 Test hundred and took 600 wickets, he was probably the greatest match-winner India ever had and after him if I see the greatest match-winner India ever have had, it’s Ravichandran Ashwin,” the former KKR skipper added.