Taking five wickets was not on my mind : R Ashwin over India vs England, 2nd Test


Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin showcased his brilliant performance on Sunday in day 2 of India-England Test Series. He lead India to won the match against England by taking five wickets. The cricketer said, ‘He only wanted to bowl to his strength’.

In the first innings of the match, Ashwin took five wickets and bowled the England Team for 255 at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

He faced a lot of inconvenience as the ground didn't have excessive amount of grass. 

Ashwin, who scored a half-century in India's first exposition, tore through the English batting line-up as India finished the third day with a solid 298-run lead in the second innings. 

"Hadn't had a five-wicket pull against England, yet it was not at the highest point of my psyche. I knew I would stall out to what I do well. The difficulties are really a bother for the batsmen. Not each ball turns," Ashwin said after the match. 

He clarified about the arrangement which he and Skipper Virat Kohli examined to reject Joe Root (53). 

“I was in the middle of a very good rhythm. I told Virat I will get Root out caught out at short midwicket. Virat said let’s get mid-on up and make him go for a slog sweep. I thought the moment he steps out I was going to go wider. That worked,” Ashwin said.

"The last wicket was moderate so I changed my activity to make more air space. It is not about trials, it is about having the heart to attempt it amidst the amusement. I am certain I have it," he included.