Ravichandran Ashwin I Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 43 overs against somerset and gets single wicket cricket
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- Ravichandran Ashwin played county match for Surrey against Somerset
- Ashwin bowled 43 overs and managed to take just one wicket.
- Ravichandran Ashwin created history in county cricket on the first day of the match
LondonPlaying for County Club Surrey, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s performance was bleak. Ashwin took just one wicket while bowling in 43 overs against Somerset. The 34-year-old, who is one of only three Indian spinners to take more than 400 Test wickets, will play a crucial role for India in the five-Test series against England starting on August 4.
Ashwin had received the Player-of-the-series award in the World Test Championship. He took 32 wickets and scored valuable runs. In the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand last month, he took four for 45. India had lost that test. Ahead of the county match, the shrewd spinner had expressed happiness over getting a chance to play for Surrey.
In a video shared by the Surrey County team, Ashwin said, “I am very honored. I’ve heard enough about London counties and now I’ve seen it. Even though it is only for one match, I am happy to share this dressing room.
Ashwin the first spinner to do so
Ashwin conceded 58 runs in 24 overs with five maidens in the opening two sessions on the first day and got a breakthrough. Surrey captain and England opener Rory Burns got him bowling from both ends. During this, Ashwin became the first spinner in the last 11 years to start bowling with the new ball in the English county. Earlier in the year 2010, Jeetan Patel had done this.
Ashwin’s only breakthrough so far came in the form of Tom Lamonby (42) at the start of the second session of the day. In view of the lack of practice matches for the Indian players who went to England, Ashwin and the BCCI decided to play in this match. Ashwin’s attempt is to do as many bowling drills as possible without showing too much of his variety.
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