Ravichandran Ashwin made a splash in the County Championship 2021 match against Somerset of late. Playing for Surrey, the premier off-spinner took wickets when it mattered the most. Although he struggled to bowl well in the first innings, he made a terrific comeback in the second innings.
The 36-year-old took only one wicket in the first innings and lost his charisma with the ball. However, he was totally a different bowler altogether in the second innings. He rose from the ashes and took as many as 6 wickets to his name.
Overall, he ended up with 7 wickets and he drew plaudits from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity. Ashwin’s form is vital because of the upcoming five-match Test series against England. The first Test begins on August 4 at Trent Bridge.
Team India recently lost to New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. Indian players are currently in the UK, spending time and practising for the upcoming assignment against England.
The forthcoming Test series is part of the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. Only Ravi Ashwin played the County Championship match. The game between Somerset and Surrey ended in a draw. Surrey made a terrific comeback, thanks to Ashwin.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s magical spell skill Somerset out for a paltry total
Initially, Somerset stamped their authority in the game by posting 429 in the first innings. Somerset captain James Hildreth scored an impressive century, scoring 107 off 212 balls with the help of 13 boundaries. Apart from him, four other batters chipped in with 40’s.
Steven Davies, Tom Lammonby, Van der Merwe and Ben Green scored 42, 42, 41 and 43 respectively. Jordan Clark and Amar Virdi accounted for three dismissals each. Surrey managed to respond with 240, losing all the 10 wickets during the play.
Mark Stoneman top-scored with 67 while captain Rory Burns scored a fifty. Somerset had a good chance of stealing the show to win the game but Ravi Ashwin stopped them from taking advantage. His magical spell of 6/27 helped Surrey bundle Somerset out for just 69.
All 6 wickets for Ravi Ashwin in the second innings against Somerset. The carrom ball was a special one – The class of Ashwin.pic.twitter.com/FySc27CNb6
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 14, 2021
Surrey managed to score 106/4 as the game was stretched to the final day. The batsmen maintained calmness and composure and didn’t take further risks in going for the target. The match ended in a draw.