Ashwin marked his fifth century of testing to help India set England a 482-point goal to win at home turf, MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
While answering a question from Sivaramakrishnan, Ashwin recalled how, at 19, he was kicked out of Tamil Nadu for not playing the sweep, a shot he played with great effect on Monday.
Over the past two months, Ashwin rediscovered himself as a batsman to return to the all-round testers league after more than three years without even half a century seeing him slip into the finisher rack and be pushed down the stick. order.
The 34-year-old, who continued to take wickets en masse, had scored four centuries and 11 half-centuries in the first six years of his Test career. But after the Sri Lanka tour in August 2017, his stick dropped even though teammate Ravindra Jadeja improved his stick in the cricket test to justify claims of being the team’s only all-rounder.
But the past two months have shown that Ashwin has rekindled his ability to beat in all modes.
“Until I was there for two years with the team (as COO between 2017 and 2019) his stick really went down. He was a shadow. Since Sydney he took over. He’s just in recovering his batting number, “Sunil Subramanian, who also coached Ashwin between the ages of 19 and 27, told IANS.
Ashwin showed courage to hit 128 balls for an unbeaten 39 against Australia in the third test in Sydney. His punching effort through the back pain, taking hits to his body, especially from fast bowler Pat Cummins, helped India draw the third test as it looked like Australia was on its way to victory .
Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari sawed 42.4 overs, adding 62 unbeaten. On Monday, Ashwin ambushed England to win the game. India struggled at 106 for six when he entered to join skipper Virat Kohli. Although India was 301 ahead, England still hoped to limit India to an achievable goal.
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India continued their march to a series victory after Ravichandran Ashwin’s glittering century on a rotating track wiped out England in the second Test on Monday. (Photo BCCI)
But then the 34-year-old embarked on the English spinners as soon as he arrived at the fold. He swept the second ball and reversed the fifth ball he faced (from Moeen Ali) for four. He ran 50 out of 64 balls.
WV Raman, former Indian batsman and longtime Tamil Nadu coach, whom R Ashwin represents in national cricket, said India’s tactics have caught England off guard.
“He got to 40 in no time. It was kind of an ambush. As there has been a lot of talk about the type of pitch, they (England) wouldn’t have expected someone to come this low in the order of playing. strokes from the start. Once he got to 40-50, he realized that not all innings could have the same kind of tempo. Then he became a Not wary. He again realized he had to get to the bowlers, “said Raman, who has witnessed Ashwin’s development over the years.
“It was a very well executed round. He showed how practical his hitting ability is,” Raman added.
The former Indian southpaw credits the ability to switch stick styles based on Ashwin’s experience. “With experience, you learn to weigh the risks and the rewards.”
Ashwin had said on Monday that he was initially a batsman who would try to emulate Harbhajan Singh’s bowling action.
In fact, the non-spinner had played for India Under-17s as a pure batsman. But after failing to get enough points, he was even excluded from one of the teams in the Tamil Nadu age range by a state selection panel of which Sivaramakrishnan was a part.
“That’s when I told Ashwin I would make you a bowler and told him to focus on becoming a bowler,” said Subramaniam who was his personal trainer until 2014.
The idea behind this was that the stick can be developed at any time later after you’ve made a mark as a bowler, Subramaniam explains.
“I told him your bowling is better than your stick, so focus on that,” Subramaniam added.
Ashwin has grown into one of the best bowlers in the world and has now gradually taken over the role of a versatile player.
As Raman says, “He knows he can beat – the idea is there. He knows he already has. Coming and performing is awesome.”