India had a complete performance in the recently concluded three-Test away series against Sri Lanka. Here’s a look at the contributions from the Indian cricket team players in the whitewash.
India thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs to clean sweep the three-match series in Pallekele. After enforcing a follow-on, Indian bowlers bundled out the hosts for to register a win in the match.
R Ashwin is set to play his first county season after India’s Test series against Sri Lanka as he was confirmed to play for Worcestershire. Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja will also head for England to play county cricket.
India’s two premier spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are being touted as the two names that county side Worcestershire are interested in and may sign one of the batsmen as well before the end of the first-class season.
“I enjoy keeping to Ashwin-Jadeja on such wickets. The wicket had some spots where the ball was getting more bounce, almost like a bouncer off spinners as well. I was getting up early for the bounce, but pacers weren’t bouncing it as much”, says Wriddhiman Saha.
Sri Lanka fought back in a perfect manner against India in the second Test after a follow-on was enforced on the home side in Colombo. Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne’s batting display provided the hosts with much-needed resistance as they ended day’s play 209/2.
R Ashwin bagged yet another five-for in the first innings of the second match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. This was Ashwin’s 26th five-wicket haul in Test format and he surpassed Harbhajan Singh who has 25 fifer to his name.
R Ashwin and wife Prithi share their touring experiences and how they have been exploring the new cricketing venues and places around the globe. Also, Prithi talked about how she began to watch Test cricket and di create a lot of interest for the same.
R Ashwin started by trying to set the batsman up with a few full deliveries outside the off-stump, bringing the batsman forward and then slipping in the straighter one/doosra but suddenly he bowled one slower through the air, fuller and luring the batsman to the drive.
After being sandwiched in the middle of a leadership takeover, bowling all-rounder R Ashwin feels life has come a full circle for the Indian cricket team since their last tour of Sri Lanka in 2015. R Ashwin is all set to play his 50th Test match.
India are all set to face Sri Lanka in first Test of the three-match series which is scheduled to begin from July 26. Indian off-spinners on Monday shared about his plans for this tour and how is he seeing his 50th Test of the career.
India have not played a Test match since the conclusion of the series against Australia in April 2017 and hence R Ashwin’s rating points have been affected. Ravindra Jadeja remains top of the rankings.
Sri Lanka were sent to a 3-2 defeat at home by Zimbabwe in the recently concluded One Day International series. It comes ahead of India’s tour of the country for a three match Test series that will be followed by a five-match ODI series and a standalone T20I match.
India’s Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin remain no.1 and no.2 ranked bowlers respectively while Virat Kohli maintains his no.4 position in batsmen’s list. Moeen Ali however has moved up the table after a brilliant all-round show in Lord’s Test.
The last time Ravichandran Ashwin had a good run in ODI’s was the 2015 World Cup where he picked up 13 wickets at 25.38 and was instrumental in India making the semi-finals. Ever since, captains and coaches have changed but they’ve continued to drop Ashwin.