IND V ENG 2021: “Final time I used to be sweeping, I used to be 19”

After scoring his fifth Take a look at hundred on Day 3 of the second Take a look at in opposition to England in Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that enjoying sweep photographs in opposition to the spinners was a nicely thought out technique.

Ashwin scored 106 from solely 148 balls in India’s second-innings complete of 286, on a floor that some consultants deemed unfit for Take a look at cricket.

Talking on the finish of the day’s play, the 34-year-old said that he’ll sleep nicely by the evening to get well. On his plan to make use of the sweep shot to counter England’s gradual bowlers, Ashwin defined:

“Even after the final Take a look at, we spoke about how we’re going to counter (Jack) Leach and doubtless carry sweep to the sport. Final time I used to be sweeping, I used to be 19 years outdated, and was dropped from the primary XI after I received out. I hit a little bit of sweep photographs nicely right now. I’m grateful the plan has paid off. Form of had an excellent day. I do not know when I’ll play my subsequent Take a look at right here, however I am more than happy.”

Ravichandran Ashwin was the final man out as India set England an inconceivable 482 to win the Take a look at.

Credit score to Vikram Rathour for enchancment in my batting: Ravichandran Ashwin

Throughout his innings, Ravichandran Ashwin featured in a 96-run stand for the seventh wicket with Indian captain Virat Kohli. He notched up his first Take a look at hundred since August 2016, and first in opposition to a crew aside from the West Indies.

The veteran off-spinner credited batting coach Vikram Rathour for the numerous enchancment in his batting over the previous few matches, together with the Sydney blockathon. Praising Rathour, Ravichandran Ashwin stated:

“I’ve began working towards the sweep; I can not say if it has simply been taking place during the last three days. Vikram Rathour has been useful in exploring new choices. I would like to credit score him for the way I’ve performed with the bat in the previous few months.”

On the dialogue between him and Mohammed Siraj as he approached his hundred on his house floor, Ravichandran Ashwin stated it was a bit light-hearted. He revealed:

“Up to now, he is (Ishant Sharma) been with me after I received a whole lot at house and as soon as Siraj got here, I knew learn how to strategy. I used to be simply telling Siraj to have a look at the road of the ball and go wherever he desires. It was a humorous factor and it was thrilling to see how he [Siraj] celebrated and that claims just a few issues concerning the dressing room. The second I received the runs and seemed up on the balcony, the applause was thunderous. I can not thank the group sufficient, they’ve been very supportive.”

England crumbled to 53 for 3 at stumps on Day 3 of the Take a look at. Axar Patel picked up two wickets, whereas Ravichandran Ashwin scalped one.

Printed 15 Feb 2021, 18:37 IST

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