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Ravichandran Ashwin does what Kapil Dev and Imran Khan couldn't

India Today logo India Today 11-08-2016

World No. 1 all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin today added another feather to his cap by becoming the first Indian to score two hundreds and take two five-wicket hauls in a series.

Ashwin achieved the feat when he struck a brilliant fourth career century - 118 off 297 balls --helping India recover from 87/4 to post 353 all out in the first innings on Day 2 of the third Test against West Indies in Gros Islet.

Ashwin was also involved in a 213-run stand for the sixth wicket with Wriddhiman Saha (104), who hit his maiden hundred, that was key to India's fightback.

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Ashwin also became the first player from the sub-continent and only the fourth player in Test annals to reach the landmark, emulating Australia's Richie Benaud and England's Tony Greig and Ian Botham.


Ashwin became the third Indian after Gundappa Viswanath and VVS Laxman to hit four hundreds against West Indies, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Sardesai, Navjot Sidhu, Chandu Borde, Mohinder Amarnath, Polly Umrigar and Kapil Dev.

He is now behind fellow Indians Sunil Gavaskar (13), Dilip Vengsarkar (6) and Rahul Dravid (5) with most centuries against West Indies.

Ashwin had slammed a century in the first Test in Antigua. After being promoted to bat at No. 6, he partnered with captain Virat Kohli and stitched a 168-run stand. After his first innings 113, he picked up a seven-for in the second innings to spin India to an innings win.

His second five-wicket haul had come during the drawn second Test of the series in Jamaica.

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