Ravichandran Ashwin notched up his fifth hundred in Test Cricket at Chepauk during the third day of the second Test against England. Ashwin's ton took India's second-innings lead past the 450-mark.
Ashwin's Test century comes after a gap of almost five years. His previous ton came against West Indies where he had scored 118 off 297 balls in the third Test in 2016 at Gros Islet.
Following Ashwin's century, BCCI tweeted, "A moment to cherish forever! @ashwinravi99 gets his Test in Chennai and Md. Siraj erupts in joy. The dressing room stands up to applaud."
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 15, 2021
ICC too tweeted Ashwin's feat, writing, "Crowd favourite R Ashwin’s first Test century at his home ground!"
Crowd favourite 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) February 15, 2021
"Wonderful from Ashwin. I was beginning to fear that the batsman in him was getting lost. On a difficult track, this century is a gem," tweeted Harsha Bhogle.
Wonderful from Ashwin. I was beginning to fear that the batsman in him was getting lost. On a difficult track, this century is a gem.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 15, 2021
Cricket Australia congratulated R Ashwin's achievement writing, "CENTURY! He’s done it! A fifth Test hundred for Ashwin to go with his five-fa in the first innings! What a performance in front of his home crowd."
CENTURY! He’s done it! A fifth Test hundred for Ashwin to go with his five-fa in the first innings! What a performance in front of his home crowd #INDvENG
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 15, 2021
The official Twitter handle of the England Cricket team tweeted that the "superb century" from R Ashwin leaves them with a target of 482 in the fourth innings.
A superb century from R Ashwin leaves us with a target of 482 in the fourth innings.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 15, 2021
Actor Urmila Matondkar tweeted, "5 wickets in first innings.. n now a smashing 5th test century Take a bow n yesss waiting for 10 wicket haul in the match @ashwinravi99."
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) February 15, 2021
"The Best TN has produced till date @ashwinravi99 way to go Ashaa..," tweeted former India cricketer S Badrinath.
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) February 15, 2021
Ashwin's century and his partnership of 96 runs with India skipper Virat Kohli helped India build a huge second innings lead, even as the hosts attempted to level the series after having lost the first Test. Ashwin played effortlessly against England spinners Moeen Ali and Jack Leach.
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When your skills are found wanting as much as England’s were, or as superior as India’s were, there’s only so much blame you can rest on the playing conditions.
Debutant Patel made full use of favourable conditions to bag 5 for 60 in 21 overs while Ashwin finished with a match-haul of eight wickets, not to forget his classy hundred with the bat, demolishing England for a paltry 164 on the fourth day in pursuit of an impossible 482-run target.
Amid the chatter around the challenging Chepauk pitch, Ashwin came in at number eight and showed everyone how to bat on a deteriorating surface with an excellent century, putting India on the brink of a series-levelling victory in the second Test against England.