The Indian star scored its fifth Test century on Monday – and its first in four and a half years – in a stellar innings result that essentially dashed any faint hope England had to conjure an unlikely second Test victory

Ashwin tried to hit his 100 with a big blow to the side of the leg, only to fling the ball towards a short third man, but the ball sailed over the outfield’s head and rolled to the limit for four, which was too wild Celebrating the normally measured Ashwin – and loft partner Mohammed Siraj – and an avid fan of his homeland Chennai led

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The right-handed, who survived two drop catches at 28 and 56, smashed 14 fours and one six before finally being sacked for 106 of just 148 balls, the last Indian wicket to drop by 286 and England with left behind a daunting goal of 486 runs to victory

The tourists then lost three wickets in the final session – Ashwin picked up Rory Burns’ wicket – and were 3-53 at stumps

It came after former greats criticized the condition of the field with former English captain Michael Vaughan calling it a “shocker”

The day before, Ashwin was 5-43 – his 29th Five wicket move – claimed to bowling England for a paltry 134 in the process, becoming the second highest wicket taker for India at home, overtaking Harbhajan Singh (265)

Because of the great all-round performance, Ashwin was only the second player in test history to complete a five-wicket move at least three times and score a century in the same test.Only the great English Sir Ian Botham (five times) has this feat more often reached Jacques Kallis, Sir Garfield Sobers, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushtaq Mohammad had only done it twice

Before the innings on Monday, Ashwin hadn’t scored a century since August 2016 and hadn’t topped 50 since August 2017

Ashwin and Botham are also now the only two players in Test history to have five centuries and 25 five-wicket moves in their careers

Wonderful by Ashwin I began to fear that the batsman was lost in him On a difficult road, this century is a gem

Still, the 34-year-old played with freedom and confidence that he hasn’t shown the bat in years as he found the perimeter rope all over the ground.But it came after showing great patience at the start of his innings as he and Captain Virat Kohli rebuilt India’s second innings after a shaky start

England assistant coach Graham Thorpe said Sunday the Chennai surface was one of the toughest battering fields he has ever seen.But Ashwin said batsmen have to adapt on a spinner field, just as they do on courses that do Fast bowlers prefer

“It’s about being very patient (on a turning lane) as you play on a Seaming Wicket you really have to get through the early stage and then start putting runs on the board,” Ashwin said on Sunday

Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar praised Ashwin for his ability to support his efforts with the ball

“He conducted the conversation,” said Gavaskar on the BCCI program “What he said yesterday, he put into practice today”

Kohli and Ashwin put in 96 runs for the seventh wicket and resisted more than two hours after spinners Jack Leach and Moeen Ali hit back with two wickets apiece that morning

Kohli, who didn’t score in the first innings, took 20 balls to go off the mark but went to his 25th Test fifty over

He eventually fell on Ali’s off-spin, held LBW prisoner for 62, and went back after an unsuccessful TV review

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