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Ravichandran Ashwin first Indian to score ton and take five-for in same Test, twice

India Today logo India Today 25-07-2016

Scoring a century and getting five wickets in the same Test match is a rare feat and achieving it twice is beyond extraordinary. But that's exactly what Ravichandran Ashwin has managed to do.

Ashwin on Saturday etched his name into the history books by becoming the first Indian to score a century and take a five-for in the same Test, not once but twice.

The Tamil Nadu off-spinner slammed a splendid 113 in the first innings of the Antigua Test match against the West Indies and got five wickets later in the second innings to put the visitors in a winning position.

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Ashwin snapped a steady stand between Marlon Samuels and Rajendra Chandrika by removing the latter to open his account on the penultimate day of the Test.

His other victims included Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Samuels and the West Indies skipper Jason Holder. 

This was Ashwin's third century in Tests and all of them have come against the West Indies. That's not it. This was also Ashwin's first five-wicket haul outside the subcontinent.

Ashwin, who is the No.1-ranked all-rounder in the longest format of the game, had earlier scored a century and taken five wickets in the same innings against the West Indies in Mumbai.

He is only the third Indian to achieve the rare feat after Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar. Mankad scored a 184 and took 5/196 against England in Lord's in 1952 while the legendary Umrigar slammed an unbeaten 172* and took 5/107 against the West Indies in Port of Spain.

Interestingly, England's Ian Botham, one of the finest all-rounders of all time, has done it five times during his Test career.

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