Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled many match-winning spells for India but one stands out despite leading to a draw. Rain had washed out large part of the solitary Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah in 2015 but Ashwin’s 5/87 had suddenly brought India back into the game on the last day.
Recalling that spell, Ashwin said it would be fantastic if he replicates that form against Bangladesh in the Hyderabad Test beginning on Thursday.
“That was one heck of a spell. It was unbelievable. The ball was coming out of my hand like a dream. If I can duplicate the same in Hyderabad it will be fantastic,” Ashwin said during an interview to bcci.tv.
“Having said that, they (Bangladesh) are a quality side. They are coming from a tour of New Zealand and we all know that it is not easy to tour New Zealand. We have to do the routines, do the same things again and again in a Test match scenario,” he said. It will be Bangladesh’s first Test in India.
Ashwin, along with Ravindra Jadeja, was rested for the T20 series against England. The off-spinner said he used the break for much-needed rehabilitation after a niggle.
“I had an athletic pubalgia. I have been managing it since England series and I needed this break to recuperate before the Test series. The break was all about rehab and doing lot of training, active recovery. It was like training 2-3 times a day. I didn’t have much time to do other things apart from getting ready for the series,” he said.
“It’s important to get back to the drawing room and relax because these series can be very exhaustive. It’s very important to recharge your batteries,” he said.
Ashwin went on to explain how he prepares for a series. “It’s a combination --- the recent run-scoring pattern of a batter or a recent loss of wicket pattern. Most importantly, the first couple of days is about getting into rhythm. I tick every box I want to in terms of where my action needs to be and if and where possible adjust to the bounce,” he said.
Ashwin also said the bounce on the Hyderabad pitch allows him to be more ‘imaginative’. “At this ground, it bounces a bit more at the centre wicket. This is a big ground for a spinner. You can toss up the ball a bit more even in the shorter version of the game.
“There is a little more hold on the wicket and the bounce gives you allowance to be imaginative. I enjoy bowling here and hope to start fresh,” said Ashwin.