New Delhi: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the star of India’s impactful comeback on day one of the first Test against England at Edgbaston on Thursday. His four-fer, which started off with Alastair Cook’s dismissal, helped India reduce the hosts to 285 for nine. After dismissing Cook, he registered a unique record.
It was in the seventh over of the innings after England opted to bat first under the damp conditions of Edgbaston that skipper Virat Kohli introduced Ashwin into the attack. A surprising decision, but it did pay off as the offie dismissed Cook in his second over. With a dreamy ripper, Ashwin outfoxed the left-hander, castling down the off stump to provide India with the first breakthrough.
With the dismissal of Cook, Ashwin became the only other spinner to have picked up his wicket eight times in Test cricket. Australia’s Nathan Lyon is the other. The duo is followed by Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, Cook is the second batsman on the list of most dismissals by Ashwin in Test. Australia’s David Warner leads the list with nine dismissals. Cook’s stats against Ashwin thus stands – 324 runs in 789 balls with eight dismissals at an average of 46.28.
Ashwin finished off day one with 4/60, his best figures in Tests across South Africa, England and Australia. The figure is also among the best by an India spinner outside of Asia.
Joe Root’s 80 runs off 156 balls stood out among the English scoreboard as he notched up his 41st fifty and 12th consecutive against India, while Jonny Bairstow recorded 70 off 88 deliveries as England ended day one at 285/9 with Sam Curran batting on 24 and James Anderson yet to open his account.