India from outside spinner Ravichandran AshwinIn an effort to master for a while, he arranged to play for the English province of Surrey in their Group 2 match against Somerset at the Kennington Oval, which started on Sunday 11 July.
The Indian team was on a break in the UK following their defeat to New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC), which was played in Southampton’s Ageas Bowl from 18-23 June. One of the biggest reasons for India’s downfall in the match is cited as a lack of match practice.
India came into the WTC final directly after an interruption of play in the IPL 2021, which was postponed in May due to the COVID-19 outbreak. India played just one game within the group and had 8-10 training sessions, while New Zealand played two Tests against England and beat them 1-0 in the series.
As a result, the BCCI asked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to arrange a few practice matches ahead of the five-match Test series between England and India, which starts on August 4, with the first Test taking place in Trent Bridge, Nottingham, is played.
Ravichandran Ashwin removes Tom Lammonby from Somerset to get his girlfriend game for Surrey
The ECB has organized a practice match for India against the selected provinces XI. However, Ravichandran Ashwin went on to arrange a practice match with the help of the ECB and the BCCI and was added to Surrey’s play XI for their Group 2 match against Somerset at Kennington Oval in London. The Oval will also hold the fourth Test match between England and India, and although Ashwin will only play one game for Surrey, it is a valuable experience for the twak before the English series.
In a video that Surrey posted on their Twitter account, Ravichandran Ashwin said: ‘I’m so privileged to wear the badge. I heard and wondered what the provinces of London were all about. Even if it’s just for a game, I’m delighted to share this dressing room. ”
Hello, @ ashwinravi99!
“It is my absolute privilege to play for Surrey”
A live stream of Surrey’s meeting with Somerset will be available Sunday at 11 a.m. BST. pic.twitter.com/Oqf3kTZiwA
– Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) 10 July 2021
Meanwhile, when the match started, Surrey was asked to bowl first as Somerset captain James Hildreth won the toss and preferred to bat first. The captain led from the front and scored a brilliant century, while Steven Davies and Tom Lammonby scored 42 runs each and became left-handed Lammonby Ashwin’s first victim in this match.
Lammonby saw his arm on the arm from Ravichandran Ashwin, and the ball went straight and clattered into the stumps. It was only poetic, as Ashwin is the only bowler in Test cricket to have sacked more than 200 left-handed batsmen.
Here is the video:
👀 Do not leave it.
– Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) 11 July 2021