Ravichandran Ashwin takes four wickets on return to county cricket
Ravichandran Ashwin (AFP Photo)

India offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin has made a successful return to county cricket by picking up four wickets in the first innings for Nottinghamshire against Kent on Tuesday.

Ashwin triggered a slide when he trapped Jordan Cox (22) lbw in the 30th over on Day 1 before having Kent captain Sam Billings caught for four in his following over. He then removed well-set opener Daniel Bell-Drummond on 45 and Ollie Robinson (6) to leave Kent in trouble at 119/5.

At one point, Ashwin had figures of 4/35.

Then 43-year-old Darren Stevens produced a brilliant innings to engineer turnaround as he belted 10 fours and two sixes in his 90-ball 88. He also spoiled Ashwin’s figures by the time Kent’s innings ended on 304-all out in 81.4 overs.

Ashwin finished with 4/121 from 32 overs while Paul Coughlin took 3/37. In reply, Nottinghamshire were 35/2 when the day’s play ended, trailing by 269 runs.

Ashwin, 32, had signed with Nottinghamshire for six County Championship matches earlier this year. In his first stint, where he played three matches, he took 23 wickets at 19.91 and scored 197 runs at 39.40. For his excellent performance as he was chosen as the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Player of the month for July.

Despite his display, Ashwin wasn’t played in the two-match Test series against West Indies which India went on to win 2-0.

India next host South Africa for a three-match Test series.