'Still MVP in Test cricket' - Twitter reacts as Ashwin guides India to tense win over Bangladesh
Ashwin put on a match-winning 81* run stand with Shreyas Iyer in India’s run-chase of 145.
On a progressively challenging pitch on Day 4 of the second Bangladesh vs India Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Sunday, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who, alongside Shreyas Iyer, stood tall for the visitors in a 145-run chase, helping them complete a tense three-wicket win.
Having already lost skipper KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli late on Day 3 in their run-chase of 145, India resumed at overnight 45/4, and that became 74/7 within the first 45 minutes of play, with Shakib Al Hasan dismissing night-watchman Jaydev Unadkat and Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagging the key wickets of Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel to complete a five-for.
Ashwin, who had scored a crucial fifty in the first Test in a 94-run eighth wicket stand with Kuldeep Yadav, showed great application and skills against the Bangladesh spinners, finding great support from Iyer. He was dropped by Mominul Haq at short leg early in his innings, but there was all assurance thereafter, with timely counter-attacking strokes through the way. He smashed a six and two fours off Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the 47th over of the Indian innings to complete the side’s series clean sweep.
Ashwin remained unbeaten 42 with four fours and a six, while Iyer struck four boundaries in a valuable 29* off 46, the pair adding a record 81*-run eighth wicket stand for a winning cause in fourth innings for India.
Having also bagged six wickets across the two innings, Ashwin was named the Player of the Match.
“We didn't have much batting left. It was one of those games where we let the game drift whenever we could have shut it off,” Ashwin said after the game. “Shreyas batted beautifully. Sometimes in these situations you feel like you have to get ahead of things, they bowled good lines and I felt that we didn't trust our defences enough. Loved the way Shreyas batted. Pitches are quite good here. But I thought the ball got soft really quickly. Credit to Bangladesh, they put us under real pressure at certain moments.”
Twitter reacts as Ashwin guides India to tense win over Bangladesh
The scientist did it. Somehow got this one. Brilliant innings from Ashwin and wonderful partnership with Shreyas Iyer. pic.twitter.com/TGBn29M7Cg— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 25, 2022
Congratulations #TeamIndia on winning the series. Bangladesh spinners put India in a spot but @ashwinravi99 & @ShreyasIyer15 batted really well to take India to victory!#BANvIND pic.twitter.com/ypnofNgSIG— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 25, 2022
Outstanding batting under pressure by @ashwinravi99 and @ShreyasIyer15.— DK (@DineshKarthik) December 25, 2022
Pure class. Well done Team India! 🇮🇳
Need to have more of such hard fought games to keep this format ticking.
One step closer to the World Test Championship finals!#BANvIND pic.twitter.com/mJhoKVQNRQ
T20 World Cup Vs Pakistan.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 25, 2022
Test match Vs Bangladesh.
- Ravi Ashwin is a champion in such situations, an absolute clutch player! pic.twitter.com/InSieV1u8G
Still MVP in test cricket. @ashwinravi99— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 25, 2022
Sydney partnership with Vihari- Ashwin. World T20 v Pakistan leaving that wide ball under immense pressure from Nawaz, now today. @ashwinravi99 has been able to handle pressure brilliantly. Mental strength and his tremendous self belief. @RevSportz— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 25, 2022
When the lights are brightest— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) December 25, 2022
Pressure is highest
Crowds are the loudest
The best will arrive
The strongest will survive
The greatest will thrive
AshWIN and SaveIyer pic.twitter.com/q64RwovhlX
These knocks of 42*, 29*, and 34 by @ashwinravi99, @ShreyasIyer15, and @akshar2026 might be small in number, but they're huge in stature! Congratulations India on winning the series 👏🏽 Well played to Bangladesh too, gave India proper scare! #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/x30h7WUliW— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 25, 2022
Have said this before.— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) December 16, 2022
It is a privilege that Ashwin and Jadeja coexist with such ridiculous numbers.
It is only once they retire that we shall understand how special it had been to watch one of them, let alone both for the same team at the same time. https://t.co/KlPg6bwEV9
RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN GREATEST OF ALL TIME pic.twitter.com/909NP0XXCA— Cricket🏏 Lover (@CricCrazyV) December 25, 2022