Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took the wicket of Keegan Pietersen in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test.
The dominance of fast bowlers is visible at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg. Perhaps this is the reason why every team here comes with at least 4 fast bowlers. Any spinner, he looks like a part-time bowler on this ground in Johannesburg, but on Wednesday, R Ashwin ended a 16-year drought on the 22-yard strip of this ground.
R Ashwin dismissed Keegan Pietersen in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. Keegan Pietersen got caught on Ashwin’s spinning ball and was given LBW out by the umpire. Pietersen was set up and he was dismissed for 28 by Ashwin.
Ashwin registered his name in a special club as soon as Keegan Pietersen was dismissed. In fact, Ashwin became only the second Indian spinner to have taken a Test wicket in Johannesburg. Before him, Anil Kumble has taken wickets on this ground.
Let us tell you that Anil Kumble had taken a Test wicket for the last time in 2006 in Johannesburg and since then no Indian spinner had taken a wicket on this ground. However, this wait has been ended by Ashwin.
The last time a spinner took a wicket in Johannesburg was in the year 2019. Shadab Khan took this wicket. After that a total of 109 wickets were taken by the fast bowlers in Johannesburg and one batsman was run out. From this figure you can understand how big it is for spinners to take wickets on this ground.