Ravichandran Ashwin Becomes First Bowler To Dismiss Left-Handed Batsmen 200 Times In Test Cricket

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday picked the 29th five-wicket haul of his career as he dismantled half of the England batting line-up single-handedly in his hometown Chennai in the ongoing second Test match of the series. It was also Ashwin’s consecutive five-for after picking 6 wickets in the second innings of the first Test, albeit India lost the game.

However, in the second Test, the hosts are well on the course of a series-levelling victory after having taken a massive 195-run lead in the third session of Day 2.

R Ashwin took 5 wickets in England’s first innings in 23.5 overs and giving away only 43 runs – an economy of 1.8 – as the visitors were bowled out for the total of 134, which is 27 less than Rohit Sharma alone scored in the first innings.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Image-Twitter.

After Ishant Sharma dismissed Rory Burns, Ashwin was quick to get rid of Dom Sibley having him caught by Virat Kohli at leg-slip. Joe Root was caught by Ashwin top-edging a sweep off Axar Patel.

After which, the 34-year-old off-spinner snared another couple of English wickets; Daniel Lawrence and Ben Stokes on either side of Lunch. While Lawrence gloved the ball to Shubman Gill at short-leg; Stokes was cleaned up by a loopy off-spinning delivery from the champion off-spinner.

Ravichandran Ashwin returned to clean up the tail – Olly Stone got out as a soft dismissal as he chipped the ball to Rohit Sharma at mid-wicket; Stuart Broad was bowled looking to sweep a fuller length delivery and missed it – may have even inside-edged it – on to the sticks as Ashwin claimed his 29th fifer, 23rd in India.

Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the first bowler to dismiss 200 left-handers in Test cricket

With the wicket of Stuart Broad, Ravichandran Ashwin became the first-ever bowler in Test cricket to dismiss 200 left-handers. He has the proclivity to challenge the left-handers considering he turns the ball away from them – however, no bowler in the game has foxed more lefties than the Chennai off-spinner has.

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Ravichandran Ashwin [Image Credits: BCCI]
David Warner is his bunny – Ashwin has got the better of the Australian opener on 10 occasions in Test cricket. Former England captain and left-handed opener, Sir Alastair Cook has been Ashwin’s victim 9 times as has been Ben Stokes.

Sri Lankan legend, Muttiah Muralitharan is second on the list of most wickets of left-hander’s with 191 scalps followed by England’s James Anderson with the tally of 190 dismissals.

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