The premium Indian National Cricket Team off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might be away from the national squad, but he eventually keeps the track of what’s happening in the cricketing world. In a similar way, Ashwin has lauded the efforts of the West Indies Cricket Team Test captain, Jason Holder for a sublime maiden double hundred on Friday (January 25) against England Cricket Team at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The 32-year-old Chennai-based bowler Ashwin had himself featured in 65 Tests for India. So far, in 122 innings, the prominent bowler has bagged 342 scalps at the average of 25.43. He revealed over the micro-blogging website that he is enjoying the Test match between Windies and England led by Joe Root.
Moreover, Ashwin has hailed the magnificent effort of Holder who remained unbeaten on 202 off 229 deliveries. During his marathon knock, Holder has smashed 23 fours and eight sixes.
Owing to the horizon, at one stage hosts Windies were struggling at 61 for five in the second innings before Holder alongside wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich recorded a record 354-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Dowrich who is now suffering from the stiff back recorded unbeaten 116 off 224 balls. Shai Hope is donning the gloves for the Windies.
Holder, who is now playing his 36th Test, has amassed 1554 runs in 61 Test innings. He has two centuries and eight half-centuries to his name.
Also, it helped hosts to post 415 for six before the declaration came.
While chasing down the mammoth total of 628 runs, England kicked off the fourth day with their overnight score of 56 for no loss.
Earlier, the Caribbean team won the toss and posted 289, before rattling England at 77. Paceman Kemar Roach bagged exceptional figures off five for 17 in 11 overs.
In the Windies’ first innings, Holder was caught and bowled by James Anderson on five. The pace spearhead Anderson sealed a five-wicket haul after conceding just 46 runs in 30 overs.
Interestingly, on a rare occasion, day three of the three-Test series opener saw no wickets falling. However, the second day saw as many as 18 wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin in awe of Jason Holder for his double hundred in Barbados:
— Ashwin (During Covid 19)🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 26, 2019