Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the successful spinners for India in the test format. The selectors announced the 18-man squad for the test series against England which included Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin is the fastest spinner to pick 300 wickets from 54 matches. Coming to the county format, Ashwin picked 20 wickets off 4 matches against Worcestershire in 2017.
India lost their ODI series against England by 1-2 and is looking forward to clinching the test series. Ravichandran Ashwin said that he is familiar with the conditions of England by his experience in the county cricket and that he is looking forward to the challenge of England series. India won the one-off test-match against Afghanistan with a good margin and gave a tough fight to South Africa in the test series in the recent past and the result was 1-1.
He played two test matches for India in England tour in 2014 and picked three wickets. But later, he showed a great improvement and picked 20 wickets off 4 games in 2017. His batting average was 42.80 by then.
He said that he can adapt to the conditions of England faster. In an interview to the media, he said ”I know England really well,”
“It’s a lovely place and I enjoy going to England. I look forward to going there and enjoying playing cricket there.”
“You don’t get so many opportunities to do that in the current, very jigsaw-puzzled schedule that international cricket has,”
But for me, it is all about going there, understanding situations and trying to react to different situations.
“I want to try and use all my experience over the years that I have played Test cricket for, and make it for the best use, make sure that I give my best there, and come out as another cricketer who has learned as much as it is possible to learn from other tours,” he added.
”We know we are a good team. It is all about responding to the situations that are thrown at us,”
“Sometimes I feel we overcook ourselves, overprepare ourselves. It is very important to stay in the moment and react to it. What also will be crucial is how well we adapt and acclimatize earlier on in the series.” He concluded.
India will play a 4-day warm-up match against Essex on 25th July before the commencement of the first test match.