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Ravichandran Ashwin Creates History; Becomes First Indian To Take Father-Son Wickets In Tests

image-ljzw5e71Ravichandran Ashwin has been brilliant in his first spell on Day 1 (Twitter)

Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, has made a thumping return in the first Test against West Indies at Windsor Park, Dominica as he claimed an early wicket and made history in the process. 

Ashwin becomes first Indian to scalp father-son duo

Ashwin shattered the stumps of opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul in just his third over, sending him back to the pavilion for just 12.

Having won the toss, the hosts chose to take the bat first. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Chanderpaul appeared determined as they started meticulously without taking any risks. However, their defensive strategy began to falter as Ashwin entered the fray, his exceptional delivery breaking the opening stand.

The veteran spinner, who was sidelined for the WTC 2023 final that India eventually lost, showed his indispensable skills with a perfectly tossed-up delivery. Chanderpaul attempted to defend but was deceived by the turn, leaving the ball to careen into his stumps.

In doing so, Ashwin marked a unique achievement, becoming the first Indian bowler to claim the wickets of both father and son in Test cricket. The veteran spinner had first dismissed West Indies cricketing icon Shivnarine Chanderpaul in 2011, and now, on the first day of the first India vs West Indies Test, he repeated the feat with Tagenarine Chanderpaul in 2023.

However, Ashwin was not finished and quickly added to his tally by dismissing Brathwaite for 20 just a few overs later. The spinner targeted the middle stump with a full-length delivery, which the Windies captain misjudged, leading to a mistimed shot. The resultant leading edge was comfortably caught by Rohit Sharma at covers, giving Ashwin his second wicket.

At the time of writing this article, West Indies stand at 57/2 after 23 overs, with Jermaine Blackwood and Alick Athanaze at the crease. They now face the challenge of reviving the West Indies innings following the swift loss of three crucial wickets.