India’s premier off-spinner R Ashwin bowled 55.1 overs, the most he’s bowled in an innings of a Test match. It was after a long time that India had to toil hard with the ball in a single inning of a Test match. The home team was kept on the field for more than 190 overs. As England batted their way to a strong first-innings total of 578 on Day 3 of the first Test in Chennai. Being on the field for more than six sessions took a toll on India’s bowlers. With most of them bowling extended spells hoping to break partnerships.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem bowled 44 overs, while Jasprit Bumrah tried for 36 overs. However, it was R Ashwin who did the bulk of the bowling. India’s premier off-spinner bowled 55.1 overs, which was the most he has bowled in an innings of a Test match. Before this, the most Ashwin had bowled in a single inning was 53 overs – against Australia in Adelaide during the 2011/12 tour. This was the fifth occasion of Ashwin bowling more than 52 overs in a Test inning.
R Ashwin finished with three wickets in first innings
Ashwin finished with 3/146, including the wickets of Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and No. 11 batsman James Anderson. The off-spinner had Burns out reverse sweeping for India’s first wicket on Day 1. It was followed by the wicket of Pope, out LBW to a straighter one on the second day. His final wicket came on Day 3, with Anderson trying to slog sweep Ashwin and getting castled by the off-spinner.
Besides, another record England achieved was that of playing out the longest first-innings total in Test cricket, since South Africa’s 510/9 decl against India in 2005 in Kanpur. Back then, South Africa batted for 190.4 overs even though the match ended in a draw.