On Tuesday, Ashwin revealed how he worked on his skills during the Covid-19 induced lockdown and he also spoke about the fact that he was not desperate to pull off the recent tour of Australia where India managed to win the Border-Gavaskar trophy against all odds. .
“Look, I think, the whole pandemic and the way we got stuck, I was thinking what’s going to happen? If you take that game away from me, I’m literally lost. Even when I don’t play certain formats of the game, I always turn on the TV as if to watch the preview and what happens. I thought the game was no longer on, I was thinking about myself and how I can learn from people. When I filmed abroad it was more the desperation to prove to others that they were wrong. But this time when I went to Australia it was about proving to myself what I was capable, ”Ashwin told Kohli in a video posted on the official BCCI website.
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The off-spinner also pointed out how Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have never despaired of performing abroad, and how the duo are always looking to improve their skills. “Over the years I’ve noticed how some players are really balanced when they perform, like you and Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane). When you (Kohli) returned to England in 2018, you wanted to do well but really in yourself and that was what I wanted to embrace, ”Ashwin said.
Ashwin’s remarks came as India claimed an emphatic 317-point victory over England in the second test of the current four-game series. As a result, the series is leveled at 1-1 and the team led by Virat Kohli also reached second place in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings. The off-spinner took an eight-wicket hit in the second test, with his 106-point hit in the second inning here at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
In the second set, Ashwin shared a crucial 96-innings partnership with Kohli, which helped the hosts post a healthy target ahead of England.
When Kohli asked Ashwin to give such a performance in front of his audience, he replied, “I don’t know, for the first time in my career I feel empty. When I went out at bat yesterday I felt empty , I came and asked you if I could start sweeping? This is exactly what I feel, zero emotions and feelings inside, rarely do I find myself like this. You know me very well, my mind still spinning. For a change it’s really empty. This partnership between us really set the tone and I’m so happy for us. I asked you if you wanted to sweep, if you asked me to take a little time, then I could have acted differently. ”
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Kohli also touched on the partnership with Ashwin and said: “We had a special partnership in the second set, the game was tentatively ready, Ash came out and he changed the dynamics of the whole game.”
India remain in contention to advance to the final of the ICC World Test Championship after scoring an impressive victory over England in the second test to tie in the four-game series.
The victory in Chennai on Tuesday lifted India to second with 69.7 percentage points on the points table, but they can’t afford to lose another game as they have to win 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the final of the first edition. of the championship.
England, who led the table after winning the opening test, slipped to fourth place with 67.0 percentage points. They can still qualify, but for that they have to win the remaining two matches of the series against India.