It is a historical day for the star Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as he has added another accolade to his name. By dismissing England opener Rory Burns on the opening ball of England’s second innings on the fourth day of their first Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Ravichandran Ashwin has broken a century-old record. On Monday, R Ashwin became the first spinner to take a wicket on the first ball on an innings.
By sending Burns back to the pavilion, Ashwin achieved an extraordinary feat which was previously held by the former South African cricketer Bert Vogler who did the same in 1907. Bobby Peel is the first-ever spinner to dismiss a wicket in the first ball of the innings back in 1888.
Continuing their fight against the visitors, captain Virat Kohli decided to bring in spinner Ashwin to take on the England team. Just on the first ball of the innings, Ashwin delivered a brilliantly executed spin with an extra bouncer that compelled Burns to err and hit it with the edge of his bat that sent the ball directly to Ajinkya Rahane at the slips.
After Burns, Ashwin picked up the wicket of the second opener Dom Sibley in the eleventh over. He continued his spells and went on to take 6 wickets in the innings, conceding only 61 runs. Ashwin’s attacks made the England team surrender at 178 runs in their second innings.
At the start of the day, continuing their first innings, Ashwin contributed 31 runs to their chase. He built an 80-runs partnership with Washington Sundar and took India’s score to 337 runs.