Comparisons can be skewed, I like doing it my way: Ravichandran Ashwin

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December 18, 2020 9:29:47 pm





India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, left, is hugged by his captain Virat Kohli after taking the wicket of Australia’s Steve Smith for 1 run on the second day of their cricket check match on the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Ravichandran Ashwin is ceaselessly able to study from his friends however has his personal method of discovering the method for achievement as he believes that there are “many ways to skin a cat”.

Ashwin’s nice figures of four for 55, together with the large wicket of Steve Smith, helped India achieve a foothold on the second day of the opening Test right here, however he didn’t wish to sit again and “rate” this as his finest abroad efficiency.

So does he take pointers from Nathan Lyon’s bowling when he bowls in Australia or from Moeen Ali when he’s taking part in in England?

“Sometimes comparisons and the way we look at things are very skewed. Do we ask batsmen to go and watch Steve Smith bat and replicate that all the time when we tour Australia? Nobody does that to Alastair Cook or Joe Root,” the eloquent off-spinner counter-questioned.

“I think we are all aware that everybody skins cat differently. Obviously, you can learn. There is no stoppage or anything. You can always learn from people as to how they go about their business,” he mentioned on Friday.

Ashwin mentioned that one must think about that when a spinner performs overseas, there are two jobs — containment and taking wickets.

“I have at all times maintained particularly whenever you play overseas, passages of play must go your method since you are doing a twin job, and doing it in opposition to situations.

“As far as I am concerned, I see if I can learn and put in earnest effort is all that I can do. How people perceive it is for them to do,” mentioned the person identified for his plain talking.

Ashwin, who’s India’s fourth highest wicket-taker, additionally didn’t neglect to say that opposite to standard perception, he has at all times had good performances overseas.

“If you look at the last two years, if people don’t reflect upon a couple of not so great situations or matches, I have pretty much had decent outings every time I have gone on to play abroad in last 18 months.”

The 34 year-old now is aware of easy methods to put perceptions within the back-burner and benefit from the sport.

“Things can be blown out of context and I have put these issues within the shelf within the yard. I actually wish to get pleasure from my commerce and wish to have all of the enjoyable I probably can.

“For me, I don’t want to sit back and think whether it’s my best performance or not as there is still an innings to go and looking forward to entire Test series,” he mentioned.

Playing his first Test after almost 10 months, Ashwin felt as if he was making his debut another time.

“First things first, I am so happy we are playing Test cricket again. Me being Extremely mad about the sport, it was refreshing to go out there in Pink Ball Test. Just felt amazing. I felt like I was making my debut all over again.”

“I wish to play cricket from inside and someway may need not had the enjoyment of going on the market within the center for some time.

“It’s fairly pure, it occurs to individuals over a time period.

“For me to bring about that joy I thought it’s not the greatest of times but my reflection sitting around during lockdown… watching cricket and I was able to bring that joy back, which I thought I had lost for brief amount of time.”

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