After Ravichandran Ashwin emerged as the star performer of ongoing India vs England 2nd Test 2021, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar praised the Indian spinner for his brilliant batting. Ravichandran Ashwin, who has grabbed 6 wickets in the match so far, dominated the pitch with his spectacular batting on the 3rd Day of India vs England 2nd Test 2021.
Ashwin slammed a century (106) in the second innings, and Sunil Gavaskar lauded the right-arm spinner for showing everyone how to bat on the pitch. Cricket commentator Sunil Gavaskar also appreciated Virat Kohli’s fine innings of 62 runs in the second innings. While many cricket fans and enthusiasts had criticised the pitch for being too bowler-friendly, Ashwin and Virat Kohli’s commendable innings have proved their claims wrong.
R Ashwin Has Walked The Talk, Feels Sunil Gavaskar
“And he’s walked the talk. Yesterday after having taken those five wickets, at the press conference he [Ashwin] was asked if one has to be a little bit patient on this surface and then get used to it. And now he has walked the talk, he has shown everyone exactly how to bat on this surface”, 71-year-old Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.
The former right-handed batsman Sunil Gavaskar also praised Virat Kohli for his brave batting in the second innings. “It was very brisk. He was like I’ve got a zero in the first innings, but I’ve come for the fight. That’s a completely different scene you know, the body language is conveyed to the opposition. And looking at the way he has used the crease, the footwork, to go back to play the ball and play it as late as possible, play it as close to your body as possible.
“And then when the half volley came along he was hitting it, he wasn’t gonna miss out,” he further said. Kohli was dismissed for a duck in the 1st innings and faced huge pressure after the failure of the top three batsmen in the 2nd innings.
Gavaskar also felt that Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli has presented an exhibition of how to bat on this surface. Applauding their batting technique, Gavaskar further said, “So all in all, it was an exhibition of how to play on this surface. Not an easy surface to bat on. Not an easy surface to score on but you can stay if you have a good technique, solid temperament. And both of these count, you cannot fault the Indian captain. Because he’s got the superb technique and his temperament is fantastic.”
Meanwhile, India has managed a dominant position in the 2nd Test against England after the stumps of the third day. After England collapsed at 134 in response to the Indian team’s 329 in the first innings, the Virat Kohli-led Indian side put up a massive 482-run target for the visitors.
With England at 53-3 on stumps of Day 3 and 429 more runs to chase in the 2nd innings, the home team India has an upper hand in the match. India has already lost the first match against England. To qualify for the ICC Test Championship 2019-21 final, Indian team need to defeat England in at least two Tests out of the four-match series.