Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made his County Championship debut for Surrey last Sunday. He decided to play this match in the middle of the break given to the Indian players. Ashwin has decided to play county to prepare for the five-match Test series against England. During this match, Ashwin has also made an excellent record in his name.
Ashwin became the first spinner to bowl the first over in the county since 2010
At The Oval, Somerset won the toss and elected to bat, and Ashwin opened the bowling for Surrey. Ashwin spent only two runs in the first over. He has become the first spin bowler to bowl the first over in the county in the last 11 years. The last time a spinner bowled the first over in the county was in August 2010.
Ashwin took a brilliant wicket in the match.
👀 Don’t leave those.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) July 11, 2021
Ashwin playing his first match for Surrey
This will be Ashwin’s first match for Surrey and his only one for the season as Ashwin will gather after this match and the rest of his teammates to prepare for the series against England. Even before this, Ashwin has participated in the county. He has played county matches for Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. He is the sixth Indian player to play for Surrey.
The Indian team will play a three-day practice match
The Indian team will play a three-day warm-up match before the Test series, which will be given a first-class game. This practise match can be played between July 20-22. As per the earlier schedule, no practice match was scheduled before the Test series. However, the Indian team management and BCCI had demanded some first-class matches. An ECB spokesperson had said that the board is acting on the request of the BCCI.
England vs India series full schedule
India’s Test series against England will begin with the match at Trent Bridge on 4 August. The second match will be played at Lord’s ground from August 12. After this, the third, fourth and fifth tests will be held from 25 August, 02 September, and 10 September, respectively. The third Test will be played at Headingley, while the fourth and fifth matches will be played at Kennington Oval and Manchester.