Indian cricket fans enjoyed Ashwin’s fifth Test hundred this afternoon in Chennai and jovially poked fun at Michael Vaughn.
Ravichandran Ashwin inflicted more misery on England, hitting a brilliant century on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test match and became a meme on Twitter with cricket fans almost instantly.
Pre-match several England cricketers, most notably Michael Vaughn, criticised the state of the pitch at the Chidambaram Stadium.
“let’s be honest this Pitch is a shocker… Not making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared Pitch… #INDvENG,” he tweeted yesterday.”
India fans were quick to remind Vaughan that the century was hit on the same pitch he had complained about.
Ashwin score a century on a turning track.
Le Michael Vaughan pic.twitter.com/k0ttizVq7b
— ABHISHEK KUMAR (@tweet_abhi1989) February 15, 2021
Even considering the slight advantage India gained by winning the initial toss, the main reason for their dominance on the opening two days has been their superior performances.
They pulled away quickly, extending their advantage to give the conditions further context on Monday.
They – Pitch is naat good for batting,nno way can bat on thees.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 15, 2021
“They are still talking about the pitch” pic.twitter.com/FP7u6rWiIq
— Vasanth💫 (@gully_point) February 15, 2021
— Anushhhh🤫 (@anushmita7) February 15, 2021
England are heading towards a heavy defeat, with India fans relishing every moment. Their tweets have not only included memes but also showing appreciation of the sheer quality of Ashwin’s performance with Vaughn himself heaping on the praise.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 15, 2021
Afterwards Vaughn spoke to the cricket social, expressing his concern with the England team:
“There’s not a great deal of positives England can take. They’ve just got to try and bat as long as possible and hope one or two individuals get decent scores.
“It’s not been a good week for the England team but, at the end of it, take a day or two to have a breather and then realise they’re 1-1 in a four-match series.”
India are in total control as Ashwin marvelled in front of his home town, as the hosts marched into a comprehensive lead.
At the beginning of the day with India 54-1 and 249 ahead, their control was testament to their great performance, but England are not out of it yet. While there has been no concern over the fitness of Ben Stokes, he only managed to bowl two overs in the match.