Ashwin scores fifth Test century, becomes second TN cricketer to score 100 at Chepauk

India vs England, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin has now achieved the unique double of scoring 1000-plus runs and picking in excess of 100 wickets against England across formats.

Ravichandran Ashwin

India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin plays a shot during day three of the second Test against England.   -  SPORTZPICS/BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin, on Monday, scored his fifth Test century - his first against a team other than the West Indies - to break multiple records and add further feathers to his cap.

The India all-rounder has now achieved the unique double of scoring 1000-plus runs and picking in excess of 100 wickets against England across formats. He is only the second Indian cricketer to get to the milestone against the Englishmen after former captain Kapil Dev.

While Kapil has scored 1804 runs and picked 113 wickets in 50 matches, Ashwin has, thus far, at the end of the third innings at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, scored 1090 runs and bagged 106 international scalps in 45* games.

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While 19 other batsmen, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, have scored more than 1000 runs against England, only Anil Kumble (117) has picked up more than 100 scalps.

Records galore!

Ashwin has now thrice scored a hundred and picked up a five-wicket haul in a Test. Only Ian Botham has done it on more occasions - five.

He is now also only the second Tamil Nadu player to score a Test century at Chepauk after Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who hit 123 against Pakistan in 1986-87.

 

Earlier, on Sunday, not only did Ashwin pick up his 350th international wicket at home, but the right-arm off-spinner also claimed his 29th Test fifer, equaling Australia legend Glenn Mcgrath's feat.

He is only two five-wicket hauls away from beating England pacer James Anderson's record, who happens to be a part of this travelling squad and has been rested for this game.

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The 34-year-old has now also become the second-highest wicket taker in home Tests with 268 scalps, surpassing Harbhajan Singh (265). Kumble, with 350 wickets, leads the charts.

Ashwin, meanwhile, is also only nine wickets away from reaching the 400-wickets mark in Test cricket.