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India vs England 1st Test: Ashwin creates history, becomes first bowler in 100 years to get a wicket on first ball of an innings.

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India had an ideal start to their second innings with the ball as primary spinner R Ashwin dismissed England opening batsman Rory Burns off the very first ball of the innings. Ashwin, coming around the wicket, generated extra bounce, and as Burns tried to prod at it, the ball took the small edge of his bat and went straight to Ajinkya Rahane at slips.

With that, Ashwin achieved a feat to be mighty pleased with . The India spinner, together with his dismissal of Burns, became the primary spinner in additional than 100 years to urge a wicket off the primary ball of an innings. Before him, it had been South African cricketer Bert Vogler to try to to so in 1907. the primary spinner ever to select up a wicket off the primary ball of an innings was former England bowler Bobby Peel in 1888, making Ashwin the spinner to try to to so.

In the first innings, Ashwin had claimed 3/146 including the wickets of Burns, Ollie Pope and James Anderson. During his spell, Ashwin bowled the first-ever no-ball of his Test career. Yes, the off-spinner had gone quite 20,600 balls before overstepping in Test cricket, but the impressive run came to an end within the 137th over when he went over the road . Ashwin ended up bowling another bowling almost 40 overs later.

During the primary innings, Ashwin also bowled the longest in an innings of a match game for India. Ashwin bowled a complete of 55.1 overs, overtaking the 53 overs he had bowled against Australia during the Adelaide Test of 2011/12.

Here is a list of most number of overs, Ashwin bowled for India:

53.1 vs England, Chennai (2020/21*)

53.0 vs Australia, Adelaide (2011/12)

52.5 vs Australia, Adelaide (2018/19)

52.3 vs England, Kolkata (2012/13)

52.1 vs West Indies, Mumbai (2011/12)

Earlier on Day 4, with the bat, Ashwin and Washington Sundar stretched India’s resilience to place on 80 runs for the seventh wicket. Ashwin hit three fours and 6 to attain 31 off 91 balls before becoming the primary Indian wicket to fall Monday. Ashwin was out bat pad off the bowling of Jack Leach, giving the left-arm spinner his first wicket of the innings.

 

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