Feb. 15 (Reuters) – Ravichandran Ashwin is unsure if he will play another test at his home ground in Chennai and the 34-year-old was understandably delighted to stave off an overall performance that put India on track for a standard leveling. victory over England on Monday.
Debate raged over the suitability of the turn track at MA Chidambaram after England collapsed for 134 in their opening innings with Ashwin leading the rout with numbers 5-43.
He then returned to crush 106 in front of a raving audience to prove there was no demon on the pitch.
“I’m really grateful that this happened to my house,” Ashwin told broadcasters after the day three play.
“I don’t know if I’ll play another test here. I don’t know when the next test will be here, but I’m super happy.”
The off-spinner also knocked out Rory Burns in the final session as England, chasing a record 482, fell to 53-3. with skipper Virat Kohli, who made 62, Ashwin showed how to play spin on a deteriorating runway where the ball often raised dust on landing.
“After the last test, we were talking about how we’re going to counter (Jack) Leach and start bringing the sweep to the game,” Ashwin said, explaining his stick.
“We have only been practicing this shot for the last week to 10 days, and I am very grateful that the plans have really paid off.”
The number eight batsman is 27.54 in tests and his unbeaten 39 helped India secure a draw in Sydney in January.
Ashwin credited batting coach Vikram Rathour for helping him improve with the bat.
“I’m someone who tries a lot and it’s someone who allows me to be able to go out there and express myself and explore various options.
“I give him credit for the way my stick has evolved over the last four-five test games,” added the spinner.