Ravichandran Ashwin, who took five wickets in the first innings of the Chennai Test match, also scored a century in his second innings, batting brilliantly. Ashwin has scored his fifth century of Test career. Ashwin completed his century off 134 balls, batting fiercely on Chennai’s difficult pitch. With this century, Ashwin also set a new record.
R Ashwin became the first cricketer from Asia to take five wickets in an innings three times and also score a century. Crucially, Ian Botham has made such a record five times. While Shakib Al Hasan, Zaira Sobers, Mushtaq Mohammad, Jacques Kallis have also set such a record 2-2 times.
Ashwin has scored the last four centuries of his career against the West Indies and now a century against England. On the first day on the Chennai pitch, most of the former England players were in question. The pitch was proving to be good for spin bowlers from day one.