Ravichandran Ashwin shares his views on the second Test against England
By SMCS - Aug 11, 2021 6:30 pm
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Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has stated that the mood in Team India’s dressing room is ‘upbeat’ ahead of the second Test after having a draw in the first match. Ashwin was confident that India would win the first Test at Trent Bridge if the rain didn’t play the spoilsport on the final day.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin

India needed 157 runs to win the match with nine wickets in hand on the fifth day. Ravichandran Ashwin, who didn’t feature in the game, shared that, irrespective of the result, they believed they were in a better position than England throughout the match.

Ravichandran Ashwin said in an interaction with BCCI: “It was quite disappointing, to be honest, because I thought everybody inside the dressing room knew how well KL [Rahul] and Rohit batted the previous night and how well our lower-order also struck together. So obviously it was disappointing we couldn’t go one-nil up in the series at Trent Bridge. Having been a venue where we have done really well, it looked pretty obvious to me and everybody else that we would win the Test.”

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He further added: “Overall, the way we bowled and batted, we looked on top for most of the game so the mood in the camp was excellent, saying we know we can get ahead of this English side. So, yeah, looking forward to the second Test; what better venue to come to than Lord’s.”

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R Ashwin made Ben Stokes his bunny

He again shared: “There was one thing that was really, really surprising in the last game. Whenever I played county cricket for Notts (Nottinghamshire), they used to say ‘Today it’s going to rain, we won’t have a day’ and all that but eventually I played every single day for 6.5 half hours. It was a shame we couldn’t get a game in. I think the weather for this game is going to be pretty good as of now according to the forecast… hopefully this time we have got the side and a really upbeat mood inside the dressing room so it will be a really good Test match.”

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Ravichandran Ashwin also opened up about the famous slope at Lord’s cricket ground that runs through the pitch from the north to south end as well. He also said Team India are prepared for the game as well as the probable dampness on the pitch. The second Test will start on Thursday.

“The one constant thing that’s spoken about at Lord’s is the fact that there’s a slope. The nets also had a slope. I don’t know if it was slope or dents around nets (chuckles). It (the pitch for nets) was quite damp, the wicket (for the Test) was also damp, so good preparation if we come up against a damp wicket here, that’s what we’ll expect,” concluded Ravichandran Ashwin.