Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian spin wizard, dominated the first day of the first Test between India and the West Indies. Ashwin achieved multiple milestones and made a significant impact with his terrific bowling performance. Ravichandran Ashwin showcased his brilliance on the first day of the Test match between India and West Indies. With exceptional bowling, Ashwin broke the resistance of West Indies batters, achieving remarkable feats in the process.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Joining the 700 Wickets Club
- By the second session of Day 1, Ashwin claimed 4/49, reaching a total of 700 wickets.
- After Anil Kumble (956) and Harbhajan Singh (711), he was the third Indian bowler to accomplish this achievement.
A Rare Distinction: Dismissing Father and Son
Ashwin accomplished a rare feat by dismissing both father and son in his illustrious Test career. He had previously dismissed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tagenarine’s father, 12 years ago during his debut Test match. On the opening day of the first Test against West Indies, Ashwin bowled a beauty to dismiss Tagenarine Chanderpaul, becoming only the fifth bowler in the world to achieve this.
Noteworthy Bowlers with Similar Dismissals
- Interestingly, the Chanderpaul family features thrice in the list of father-and-son duos dismissed by the same bowler.
- The fast bowler Mitchell Starc of Australia and South Africa’s spinner Simon Harmer are the other bowlers who have dismissed both father Shivnarine and son Tagenarine Chanderpaul.
- This may be attributed to Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s longevity, as he retired in 2015 while his son made his Test debut last year.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s exceptional performance in the first Test against West Indies earned him a place in the elite 700 wickets club. His achievement of dismissing both father and son adds to the uniqueness of his career. As Ashwin continues to make significant contributions, cricket fans eagerly anticipate more milestones from this spin wizard.
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