Ashwin Wreaks Havoc, Gill-Bairstow Exchange Highlights Dharamsala Test

Ashwin Wreaks Havoc, Gill-Bairstow Exchange Highlights Dharamsala Test

India’s Ashwin Wreaks Havoc, Gill-Bairstow Exchange Highlights Dharamsala Test

In the fifth and final Test of the series in Dharamsala, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin emerged as a formidable force, dismantling England’s top-order and leaving them reeling at 103 for five at lunch on day three.

Amidst the intense battle on the field, a viral video captured a heated exchange between England’s Jonny Bairstow and India’s Shubman Gill. Bairstow, celebrating his 100th Test appearance, engaged in banter with Gill, who had earlier scored a century.

“What did you say to Jimmy about retiring… then he got you out next ball,” Bairstow quipped.

Gill responded with equal wit, “So what? … he can get me out after my 100.”

The exchange showcased the competitive spirit and tension on the field as both teams fought for victory.

India had earlier secured a commanding 259-run first innings lead, with veteran James Anderson reaching the monumental milestone of 700 Test wickets. Young off-spinner Shoaib Bashir continued to impress, claiming his second five-wicket haul of his debut series.

England’s second innings saw aggressive batting against the Indian spinners in an attempt to survive, but their efforts fell short. Captain Ben Stokes’ dismissal to Ashwin just before lunch further compounded their woes.

As the match progressed, Ashwin continued to torment England’s batsmen, claiming the wickets of Joe Root and Ollie Pope. England’s hopes of a comeback now rest on the shoulders of Bairstow and Jos Buttler, who remain unbeaten at the crease.

The Dharamsala Test has been a captivating spectacle, with both teams showcasing their skills and determination. India’s dominance in the first innings and Ashwin’s brilliance have put them in a strong position, while England will need a Herculean effort to salvage a draw or even a victory.