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India vs England, 5th Test, Dharamsala Live Score Ravichandran Ashwin India national cricket team Ashwin struggles to hold back tears after Rahul Dravid’s speech, hands daughter 100th Test cap

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India vs England, 5th Test, Dharamsala Live Score Ravichandran Ashwin India national cricket team Ashwin struggles to hold back tears after Rahul Dravid’s speech, hands daughter 100th Test cap.

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Ravichandran Ashwin fought hard to hold back his tears. Unlike the ball from his hand or the words from his mouth, he was not ready to let his emotions flow. His eyes and the shy smile throughout, however, narrated the entire story. His wife Prithi had a similar expression. Ashwin’s two daughters, too young to understand the enormity of the occasion, were giggling, doing their best to stand still as India head coach Rahul Dravid delivered an emotional speech, summing up Ashwin’s journey.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin (2R) with his wife and children poses with a memento on his 100th Test match in Dharamsala(AFP)
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (2R) with his wife and children poses with a memento on his 100th Test match in Dharamsala(AFP)“Test cricket is the closest synergy that you can find to life.” Ravichandran Ashwin’s voice trembled with emotion and pride during the gratitude-speech after receiving his special 100th Test cap from India head coach Rahul Dravid here on Thursday. 

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Ashwin did not restrict that landmark moment, which came during the fifth and final Test against England, to himself but he championed the cause of Test cricket amidst money-spinning T20 leagues. “IPL has been a hugely popular tournament; a lot of kids want to play T20 and get into the IPL. I really do wish that they get there. But remember one thing, this format (Test)… it is in a lot of things that life wouldn’t teach you,” Ashwin said.

“I think Test cricket is what life is. It is the closest synergy that you can find to life. It will teach you to adapt, dealing with pressures.”

The 37-year-old Ashwin, who made his Test debut in 2011, also paid handsome tribute to his father — Ravichandran — for believing in him and supporting his journey.“It’s quite an emotional moment. Not just not just for me. I’m not one who would be shaken by emotions a lot. But today is a hugely emotional moment for a man who is sitting back in Chennai. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it here,” Ashwin began before making a quick recollection of early days.

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Ravichandran Ashwin • India national cricket team

 

It’s not easy. How do you do justice to a cricketer like Ashwin in a speech of a couple of minutes? Dravid did his best. He has developed quite a reputation of sorts as a speaker in the Indian dressing room. His speech while handing over the Test cap to Akash Deep in Ranchi was a sight to behold.

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Here too, Dravid’s words were enough to set the butterflies fly in Ashwin’s stomach.

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There have been many special occasions in Ashwin’s glittering cricket career – two in this series itself when he became the world’s second-fastest cricketer to take 500 Test wickets and then when he beat Anil Kumble to become the highest wicket-taker in Test matches played in India – but this would perhaps have a different space in the great off-spinner’s career. It’s his 100th Test after all. He became the 14th Indian cricketer to achieve the special century in this format.

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As Ravichandran Ashwin stepped onto the field for his 100th Test match, Shubman Gill, the promising top-order batter for India, shared insights into the veteran spinner’s influence and reflected on the ongoing series against England.
In a conversation with JioCinema, Gill praised Ashwin’s relentless pursuit of improvement, stating, “He is a terrific, terrific bowler and more importantly, he’s someone who is always wanting to improve and add new skills in his game be it batting or bowling.

That’s one thing I have learned from him that even though you have played for India for so many years, you still want to add something new to your game and make a difference to your skillsets. That’s why he’s one of the best spinners that the world has ever seen.”
Reflecting on India’s performance in the series, Gill expressed optimism about the team’s resilience. “In all the four matches we’ve played, there were moments where things were either 50-50 or we might have been behind on some days,” he remarked, highlighting the team’s ability to bounce back.

Gill, who has been a standout performer in the series with impactful innings, discussed the learnings he gleaned from the matches.
“Honestly, I have loved this series so far, especially the breaks we have been getting… Something really strange happened in the last innings that I played. My heartbeat was normal when I went into bat and even when we lost wickets, I never felt the pressure,” he shared.

The Indian batting legend, the most capped Test cricketer with 200 appearances paid a whole-hearted tribute and wished them a great game ahead. “It’s a historic day in Dharamsala as @ashwinravi99 and @jbairstow21 don the international whites for the 100th time. An incredible achievement that speaks volumes about their passion and perseverance for red-ball cricket. I wish them both a fantastic game ahead,” Tendulkar wrote on X.

 

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Addressing his position in the batting order, Gill expressed confidence in his abilities regardless of the position.”I don’t think there was any doubt that I should go back to opening the innings because I was not scoring runs at No. 3… I was always focused on what I needed to do, not that I want to go back to opening or anything else,” he affirmed.
Gill also shed light on his camaraderie with fellow teammates, emphasizing the strong bond they share off the field.
“The relationship is great between us… We laugh a lot, we spend a lot of time together off the field, so it’s great,” he said.
As he looks ahead, Gill remains focused on continuous improvement and is optimistic about the future.
“As far as individual targets, I am very far from that… the things I have been working on are coming off nicely. Hopefully, by the end of this year when we’ll be in Australia it will be even more exciting times for us,” he concluded.
Gill’s reflections provide insights into the team’s dynamics and his own growth, underscoring the resilience and determination of India’s young cricketing talent.

Between the two, Ashwin was the first to debut – in 2011 – before Bairstow won earned his cap a year later. Incidentally, both debuted against West Indies all those years ago, and as fate would have it – Ashwin and Bairstow are playing their 100th against each other as opponents. Joining Tendulkar is appreciating Ashwin was Sachin’s former India and Mumbai teammate Wasim Jaffer, who urged everyone to savour every bit of the time the ace India spinner has left.

“My wife didn’t know what she was getting into. She’s gotten into it and she’s standing next to me today. I have got two lovely kids who are also enjoying my journey over the last few years,” Ashwin said.

After handing Ashwin the cap, Dravid said it was a well-deserved moment for the Tamil Nadu cricketer.“You have given everything faithfully to the team and today is your 100th Test. It was a journey that started from the streets of Chennai. It’s been a long and eventful journey. It wouldn’t have been possible without your family. Congratulations to them as well.

“This is a well-deserved moment. It’s been a privilege speaking with you. It’s been a privilege to work with you as a coach. And of course, it’s a privilege to hand this cap to you,” Dravid said amidst applause from Ashwin’s teammates, who gave him a guard of honour while entering the field.

“As a captain, I have seen him since U-19, U-17 days. He batted at that time, was an opener and then he started bowling. And I used to bowl (off-spin) and then became a batsman, so it became up and down for us but it has been good for Indian cricket.”

Ashwin, the “cricket scientist”, has evolved a lot in these 14 years, feels Rohit.

“As a cricketer, he (Ashwin) has evolved in his game and he has a lot of intelligence and if you get a player like this in the team then you don’t have to think too much.

“If you give the ball to him, then he drives the game. How to bowl, what field to set and what to do, I am talking about the planning during the game.”