Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed England captain Ben Stokes for a record 12th time in Test cricket. This latest encounter took place in the first Test match between India and England in Hyderabad, where Ashwin’s brilliant delivery edged Stokes, leaving him and the crowd in awe.
The delivery that sealed Stokes’ fate was a fly ball bowled to middle stump and spun sharply, beating Stokes’ defensive resistance and crashing into the stumps. This dismissal not only demonstrated Ashwin’s dominance over Stokes but also equaled the record set by Indian legend Kapil Dev, who dismissed Pakistan’s Mudassar Nazar 12 times in Tests.
Stokes entered a difficult period as England found themselves in a challenging situation, 190 runs behind India with a four-wicket lead of 140. Tasked with building a vital partnership alongside Ollie Pope to narrow the deficit, Stokes faces a tough challenge.
However, Ashwin has other plans. Despite Stokes displaying his typically strong technique, Ashwin sent a backflip delivery into the middle stump. The ball held tightly and flew strongly past Stokes’s outside edge, colliding with the stumps. Although Stokes mounted a solid defensive attack, Ashwin’s delivery proved too formidable to negotiate, leaving England still 27 runs behind.
Throughout their encounters, Ashwin bowled 623 deliveries to Stokes, conceding just 232 runs and took his wicket 12 times. Stokes, known for his aggressive play, was forced to adopt a more defensive approach against Ashwin, who often plays in the hands of spinners. With an average of just 19.33 against Ashwin, Stokes clearly struggled to counter the Indian spinner’s skill and trickery.
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