With the fans, in tears, watching Ashwin bow his first half-century in the IP?????L as the crowd roared for his first wicket, ?????Ashwin, smiling and carrying the bat after the match, said: “It’s always a celebration of the success of the whole team and I am delighted to be able to go through what we achieved today.
“The whole team really played well today and, obviously, I am proud of all of us. It’s a great feeling and we all came together for one final good-natured, joyous game. I know it’s just another one-day event, but hopefully this will bring smiles to your faces.
“I am happy to be on top of the world. I have come this far and have a great life. I know if I didn’t get a shot or two I don’t think I would be here.
“I am really looking forward to going out on top. It’s definitely been an honour but this will be the last opportunity of my career.”
A crowd of 25,823 were in the ground when he was bowled.
The day started with the crowd booing when Rahul Dravid, the captain of India’s domestic one-day team, was replaced by Harbhajan Singh, who had been dropped for the day by the Indian board.