IND vs ENG: Ashwin withdraws from Rajkot Test

The right-arm spinner recently completed 500 wickets in red-ball cricket

By Web Desk
February 16, 2024
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after taking a wicket. — BCCI

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin withdrew from the third England Test which is being played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.

The 37-year-old cited “family emergency” as the reason behind his withdrawal from the third Test, confirmed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday.

"In these challenging times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the team fully supports Ashwin,” BCCI stated in a brief press release.

"The BCCI extends its heartfelt support to the champion cricketer and his family. The health and well-being of the players and their loved ones are of utmost importance. The Board requests respect for the privacy of Ashwin and his family as they navigate through this challenging time.

"The Board and the team will continue to provide any necessary assistance to Ashwin and will keep the lines of communication open to offer support as needed. Team India appreciates the understanding and empathy of the fans and media during this sensitive period."

Ashwin today joined the elite company as he became the second-fastest bowler to take 500 wickets in Test cricket.

While doing so, the 37-year-old also went past legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble to become the quickest Indian with 500 scalps.

Ashwin achieved the feat on the second day in Rajkot after he provided the breakthrough for India and secured the wicket of Zak Crawley in the third session of the day.

Remember, day two concluded with England remaining in a commanding position as Ben Duckett took England’s BazBall to the whole next level as the left-handed batter played a fiery knock of 113* runs on just 118 balls in reply to India’s 445

Duckett secured the record for the quickest Test century by an Englishman in the sub-continent as he reached his third Test hundred — the visiting team batting aggressively to trail India by 238 runs at stumps.