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Ravichandran Ashwin secures 3/94 on his County debut

The off-spinner has been rested from the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka and his utilising the break by playing in England.

Ravichandran Ashwin India
Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin.
(Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s ace off-spinner R Ashwin has performed decently in his debut game for Worcestershire as he secured 3/94 in the first innings. The bowler has been ‘rested’ from the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka which has been already won by the Men in Blue. Ashwin is currently playing in County circuit against Worcestershire.

Ever since Cheteshwar Pujara has become successful for Nottinghamshire, the trend has been set. Ashwin though is only the second player after him to do that. Also, there are reports that Ravindra Jadeja has been the radar of the few teams but yet there has not been any development on the same.

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The 30-year-old has been bowling well it seems as he troubled the batsmen quite often. Ashwin bowled 29 overs, the most among all the bowlers, and picked 3 wickets conceding 94 runs. He first scalped Roderick caught and bowled and then went on to dismiss Barnett and Miles to restrict the opposition which helped Worcester take a crucial lead of 105 runs. He also scored a crafty 36 runs while batting at No. 6 and displayed his all-round ability. Ashwin is expected to play a huge role in the second innings as well as his team will look to win the game.

Playing in County has always been a dream: R Ashwin

Earlier today Ashwin cleared the air that he was rested and not dropped from the Sri Lanka ODI series. He also mentioned that playing in County was always his dream. “It’s always been a dream to play county cricket. I grew up watching it on TV in India and it has always meant a lot. Spinners have come before and told me it is a must-do experience. I was being rested from a series [against Sri Lanka], so I thought I might as well come here to get experience,” Ashwin said to ESPNcricinfo.

Here is the video of Ashwin picking wickets for Worcestershire:

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