India’s lead spinner R. Ashwin once again delivered with a five-wicket haul on Sunday to put the home side in the driver’s seat.

During the day, the 34-year-old became the second-highest wicket-taker for India at home overtaking Harbhajan Singh (265) and also becoming the first bowler to take 200 scalps of left-handed batsmen.

“When I was watching the 2001 series between India and Australia when Bhajju pa was playing, I didn’t even imagine I would go on to become an off-spinner for India. I was still a batsman for my state. A lot of my teammates back then used to make fun of me because I used to try to bowl like him. From there, to break his tally has to be incredibly special. I didn’t know about it. Now that I know, I feel happy,” said Ashwin.

IND vs ENG: India extends lead after Ashwin takes five


The off-spinner also pointed out that the pitch spinning from day one…

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