Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday credited the Indian team’s batting coach, Vikram Rathour, for his fiery performance with the willow tree in recent times. Amid the banter around the challenging Chepauk field, Ashwin came in at number eight showing everyone how to hit a deteriorating surface with an excellent century, putting India on the brink of a second Test victory against England at Chennai . “I can’t say it happened in the past three days, I’ve been practicing with Vikram Rathore. I’d like to give him credit for how my at bat has come about in the last four-five games,” Ashwin said at the end. of the game of the third day.
This was after his brave show with the bat in Australia, where he stood his ground despite hostile fast bowling by the home side. He was happy to be beaming so brightly for his home audience.
“I don’t know when the next test will be here, but I am satisfied. I don’t know if I will play another test in Chennai, or if I will,” he said.
Ashwin’s number eleven companion Mohammed Siraj celebrated the senior player’s fifth Test one hundred more than the man himself, who had come to a century in the company of Ishant Sharma in the past.
On the other hand, Ashwin enjoyed watching Siraj hit a few sixes. “In the past, when he (Ishant) was with me when I had hundreds at home and once Siraj came, I knew how to approach him,” Ashwin said.
“I was excited about his at bat and told him to go through the line of the ball. It was amazing how excited he was when I got my hundred.
“I don’t know how the team is feeling, but I am sure they are enthusiastic. I cannot thank the audience enough, they have been very supportive,” he added.
After the defeat in the series opener, team management discussed ways to counter left-arm spinner Jack Leach, said Ashwin, who was pleased that the sweepshots came through well.
“I’ll sleep well all night, that’s all I think,” he said.
“Even after the last test, we talked about how we’re going to counter Leach and probably bring sweep into play.
“The last time I swiped I was 19 years old. I did some sweepshots today. I am grateful the plan paid off. I actually had a really good day.”
A day before his great effort with the willow (106 of 148 balls) on a field that has tested the skill and temperament of the best batsmen on both sides, Ashwin returned excellent marks of 5/43 for his 29th shot of five wicket the format.
With an imposing goal of 482, England staggered on the third day at 53 for three at Stumps, requiring 429 extra runs to move up 2-0 in the four-game streak.
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