Ravichandran Ashwin was the only spinner for the Indian team for the first test match against England that began yesterday. He picked 4 wickets by conceding 60 runs. He bowled 25 overs and he is the crucial man behind collapsing the English innings by 216/4 to 285/9.
He managed to dismiss Alistair Cook in the ninth over of the game and this is the eighth time in the history that Ashwin dismissed the former English captain Alistair Cook. This Tamil Nadu spinner picked crucial wickets of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes and later managed to dismiss Stuart Board in the last session of day1.
He spoke to bowling coach Bharat Arun in an interview with the press. He said “When I came here for County cricket last year, the one thing I realize was the speed at which spinners had to bowl here. Wickets are extremely slow, even on the first day. Even if there is a bounce, if you don’t get the pace right, the batsman will get a lot of time to play the same ball on the front and on the backfoot. This is something I realized very quickly.”
“Even in the last 12-18 months, I spend a lot of time playing club cricket. I was working on simplifying my actions a bit and make sure I can get more body into the ball, try and create something in the air and it worked really well,”
Bharat Arun later added that this off-spinner is working on changing his action before the tour to England. He said, “taking the wicket out of the equation and creating something in the air.”
Ashwin further said that “We have always spoken about taking the wicket out of the equation and especially with how good the wickets are, the modern day batsman actually enjoy playing in this wicket. I think to a larger extent that particular thing of doing something in the air is something I consciously worked on,”
But what happens when you are trying to do that something in the air is that the body sometimes gives up, you are a touch short or touch fuller. So in one of those pursuits, I thought simplifying my action was important.
“Because I went through a very good phase of bowling with that particular action and hence a lot of bad habits had crept in with my arms coming in, so those are the things I had to really work on against my own will and try and tell myself that I had to work on my action again.” He concluded.