Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed all the headlines on the opening day of the Test match, producing one his most impactful performances outside the sub-continent. Virat Kohli's inclusion of only one spin bowler in the squad for the first match might've raised many eyebrows, but his decision paid off brilliantly as the hots were reduced for 285 for 9 wickets.
While Ashwin’s performance was hailed by Indian cricket fans, it was wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik' guidance behind the stumps which caught the attention online. The off-spinner grabbed four crucial wickets on the first day of the first match. But, the most interesting thing during Ashwin’s over was the connection he shared with wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik.
Dinesh Karthik was constantly guiding Ashwin throughout his over by talking to him in Tamil language to confuse the English batsmen. Opener Murali Vijay, who is also from the same state, joined in from his close in fielding position. India will be hoping to see something interesting from this trio of Tamil players in the upcoming Test matches also.
Here is how the conversation transpired between Dinesh Karthik and R Ashwin during 1st match:
Karthik told Ashwin about the pitch while talking in Tamil. “It’s not turning much, keep it within the stumps,” Karthik told Ashwin in Tamil.
When Keaton Jennings was batting, Karthik said to Ashwin : “This fellow is tall, you need to keep the length up to him.”
Before Cook’s dismissal, Karthik told Ashwin, “Patience, Ashely Patience. It’s going to turn just wait and watch.”
Even when England captain Joe Root was batting, Karthik said to Ashwin. “Keep the next three in the same place. Let’s see what he does,” he said.
Virat Kohli fought a lone battle as the visitors struggled as a batting unit on Day 2 of the first Test at Edgbaston. The Indian skipper survived some good bowling spells from all the pacers and few dropped catches, getting to his highest Test score on English conditions.
The hosts were looking to build on what was great performance from their bowling unit with Sam Curran achieving the best figures of the lot picking 4/73. Trailing by 13 runs, openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings resumed play on Day 2 with just 15 minutes of game time left. However, Cook's dismissal in the third over through a fine Ravinchandran Ashwin delivery, meant that game was evenly poised going into Day 3.