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India vs England: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin credits India batting coach Vikram Rathore for his fifth test ton during the second test against England at Chennai. After the game of Day 3 was over, Ashwin said that the improvement in his batting since the last series has been mainly due to Vikram Rathore.

Ashwin coming at number 8 showed everyone how to bat at the rank turner and completed his fifth test century in his home ground. Indian batsmen, Rohit and Rahane in the first innings and Virat and Ashwin in the third inning established strong partnerships and took India to a comfortable total.

“I can’t say it’s been happening in the last three days, I have been practising with Vikram Rathore. I would love to credit him with how my batting has come through over the last four-five matches,” Ashwin said at the end of the third day’s play.

Earlier, Ashwin showed grit and strong character and stood at the crease in Australia even after getting several blows in his body.

“I don’t know when the next Test is going to be here, but I am pleased. Don’t know if I will play another Test in Chennai, and if at all, when…”

Mohammad Siraj played some cheeky defensive strokes to ensure Ashwin reaches his fifth ton. He also smacked two towering sixes after the Ashwin completed his century.

“In the past when, he’s (Ishant) been with me when I got hundreds at home and once Siraj came, I knew how to approach.

“I was thrilled for his batting and told him to go through the line of the ball. It was amazing to see how excited he was when I got my hundred.

“I don’t know what the team is feeling like but I am sure they are thrilled. I can’t thank the crowd enough, they have been very supportive,” Ashwin said.

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