Ravichandran Ashwin has been in excellent form with both bat and ball of late    IANS
Ravichandran Ashwin has been in excellent form with both bat and ball of late IANS

Vishakapatnam: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shared a cup of coffee with Indian Naval sailors and officers after his side clinched a massive 246-run victory over England in the second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Monday. Interacting with the Men-in-white, the Indian ace spinner expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all the brave soldiers of the Armed Forces who are guarding the Nation. Earlier, he had even shared a thoughtful video message on the social media as part of the Sandesh2Soldiers initiative. During the interaction, Ashwin presented an autographed cricket bat to Eastern Naval Command and Rear Admiral Dasgupta, who presented the ENC Crest to the 30-year-old spinner. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Visakhapatnam

Rear Admiral B. Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet hosted Ashwin on board at INS Jalashwa, one of the frontline warships of the navy. India went 1-0 up in the five-match series with win over England in the second Test at Vishakhapatnam. India had won the toss and elected to bat first. India scored 455 in their first innings, Virat Kohli top-scoring with 167. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 119, his third ton in as many matches, while Ashwin chipping in with 58 and Jayant playing a useful hand. With 3 wickets apiece, Anderson and Moeen were the pick of the bowlers for England. England were bowled out for 255, which gave India a 200-run lead despite Kohli s 81 and Jayant s second crucial innings of the match. England did extremely well to ensure that India do not run away with the game. Broad and Rashid picked up 4 wickets each to ensure that India were bundled out for just 204, with Kohli top-scoring once again with 81.

 

Kohli was named Man of the Match for his superlative effort. England will be without Broad at Mohali, which will probably give Chris Woakes another chance.