Ravichandran Ashwin Grabs Centrestage as Kanpur Celebrate India Win With Dhol, Cake

Updated: 28 September 2016 19:39 IST

Ravichandran Ashwin was the centre of attraction as Kanpur celebrated Indian cricket team's seventh Test win at Green Park to take a 1-0 lead against New Zealand

Ravichandran Ashwin Grabs Centrestage as Kanpur Celebrate India Win With Dhol, Cake
India defeated New Zealand in the first Test to take 1-0 lead in three-match series. © AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin, who became the fastest Indian cricketer to take 200 Test wickets during the first Test against New Zealand in Green Park Stadium, was the centre of attraction as Kanpur celebrated India's 197-run win on Monday.

Ashwin got a traditional North Indian reception when the players returned to their hotel after the team won India's 500th Test handsomely.

The Tamil Nadu off-spinner returned to rapturous dhol (drum) beats and was soon asked to cut a cake for his 10-wicket haul that enabled India take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Fittingly, Ashwin took the final wicket to fall at Green Park. Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja shared 16 wickets in the spin-dominated contest in which the off-spinner become the second fastest to 200 Test wickets, achieving the feat in his 37th match.

"It's priceless to have cricketers like that in your Test team, players who can give you balance with bat and ball. I wish he (Ashwin) keeps nurturing his skills so that we can keep dominating Test matches," said skipper Virat Kohli after the match.

NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar also lavished praise on Ashwin and said he was destined to become one of the legends of the game.

Highlights
  • Ravichandran Ashwin took 10 wickets in the Kanpur Test
  • Ashwin's feat helped India thrash New Zealand by 197 runs
  • India played their 500th Test at Green Park Stadium
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