Off late, a stiff resistance by the lower order batting line up is featuring India's innings. It is because of the recent transformation of the two fierce spinners into dominant all-rounders in the matches. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the top bowlers, emerged as strong batsmen for India. The players brought the first instance for India where the seventh, the eight and the ninth batsman scored more than 50 runs each in the same inning. Along with Ashwin's 72 and Jadeja's 90, Jayant Yadav also scored 55 as his debut half century. In the match, 230 runs were added by batsmen at seven or below for India.
The current test series between India and England has brought several accolades for both the teams. But, the Indian side has emerged as way to heavier keeping up their stance stronger than the visitors. In the five-match series, India won the second, while the first match was a draw. The ongoing third match has already tilted on India's side. By the second inning of the match, India was on lead by a good number. Additionally, England's second inning began its rout in the match, struck by spin attacks from India bowlers. The Mohali Test witnessed many unique figures in Test, bringing on accolades and records for players. Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Karun Nair, Ravindra Jadeja, Johny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, all had their milestones in the match.
For Ashwin, the match is certainly an iconic one as it brought the solid vindication of his all-rounder status. He is now aligned with Vinoo Mankad and Kapil Dev achieving double of 500 runs and 50 wickets in a calendar year. Including him, there are only three Indian players so far to achieve this feat. Mankad had the honor to become the first Indian to do it in 1952. Kapil Dev knocked it twice in 1979 and in 1983. Ashwin also emerged as the second player in overall to score five or more half centuries and five or more wickets for five or more times in a single year. The only player to reach this milestone before was Daniel Vittori in 2008.
Parthiv Patel was inducted as a wicket keeper cum batsmen in the match. What is more striking about the fact is that the player was also sent as the opener. It is a rare instance for team India when the wicket keeper also played as the opener. MS Dhoni, the iconic Keeper cum Skipper always had his position down after two or three. For India, the last instance when a keeper was the opener as well, was back in 2007, January. Nine years back, India had Dinesh Karthik to do the same in the campaign against South Africa. There has been only two such instances for the team. The other was in 2002 in the Delhi match with Zimbabwe. There, Deep Dasgupta played as the opener.
The other spearhead attacker, Ravindra Jadeja smashed his career best knock of 90 in the match. It was his best score across all formats, preceding his last one by 3 runs. Back in 2014, Jadeja scored 87 in Leeds. Johnny Bairstow became the top wicket keeper to partake 68 dismissals in cricket in the match surpassing Ian Healy and Mark Boucher. Also, Ben Stokes became the second pacer in the team to notch five wickets in any Test in India. He followed Matthew Hoggard at a Nagpur Test after 30 years.
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