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India takes revenge, series 1-1 now

Man of the Match : R. Ashwin
  • Taking advantage of the spin-friendly conditions, a dominant Indian cricket team thrased England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series 1-1, at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

  • R Ashwin was given adjudged Man of the Match for picking 8 wickets and scoring a crucial century

  • India wrapped up England for 164 in its second innings with more than four sessions to go.

  • The victory was important for India keeping in mind the World Test Championship as they need to win the series at least with a 2-1 margin or better to make it to the World Test Championship final against New Zealand

  • The third test will be a day/night affair with pink ball, starting from 24th February

What did R Ashwin had to say on the win

I am enjoying my game and am really happy it happened in Chennai. Every load up gives a different result in terms of which way the pitch is behaving. I try and load up differently, use the breeze, use different angles to release the ball, speed of the run-up. This is working because I have created this awareness for myself.

I have been playing it for the last 25 years. I really had to express myself. [In Tamil] As an eight year old I have come here on these very stands to watch cricket. I have played four Test matches here and easily this is the most special. I get a hero's feeling here playing cricket in Covid times, and this knowledgeable crowd came out in big numbers.

They were 1-0 without the crowd, and we made it 1-1 with them. Hopefully we can take it forward.

This wicket was very different to the one we played on in the first game. This was a red soil wicket, the first one was a clay wicket. As much as people were predicting things from the outside, I thought the balls that was doing much wasn't getting wickets. It was the mind of the batsmen that got us wickets. I have been playing for years over here now and it takes pace and guile to do it. Keeping intent was very important. It is very important to put the pressure on the bowlers because if you allow them to dictate terms, it is going to get easier.

I just wanted to take it upon myself, and after I connected the first ball, I knew I got a hang of this wicket. I am someone who tries hard, and when things don't go my way, I try harder. Vikram Rathore has been very supportive. My batting was more about hands, to think tactically instead of technically. Ajinkya played a crucial role in telling me that I was overthinking it.

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