At the end of day 2, England have scored 385/7 as compared to our total of 148 which gives them a lead of 237. Commenting on the day’s play, Ashwin stated, “The sun came out today and the pitch had flattened out a bit today. We toiled through the day and gave our best today. It is about confidence at the end of the day and also enjoying the game we all love so much. So, we were talking in the field today that we can do a better job in the second innings. Everybody has a bad day.”

Speaking on his bowling action, Ashwin said “While I was out of the playing eleven, I have worked on my action a bit more. I am trying to get more side-on. I also try and stay as balance as possible and have been working at these small details.”

On the issue of his consistency, he commented, “I try to be the best possible cricketer I can. I got a good spell in today though I did not really start too well. I felt like I was slipping and then I I came back in the lunch break. I looked at the videos and took some feedback on what I could be doing wrong and the speeds I bowled out there. He (Root) is a hard competitor and I love to compete against him, and love to go against him again and again.”

Ashwin also had a word of praise for Varun Aaron, adding, “Varun Aaron was charging in throughout the day and he bowled quick. I think he was touching 90 all day long and that is what Test cricket is all about. Tomorrow he will come back and bowl another such spell. Confidence is the keyword here, as you catch more and more, you get confident. When you drop one you feel horrible. (Murali) Vijay put one down and then he caught one and he was so happy, that he almost wanted to throw the ball up. So we are working hard at slip catching and we are trying different options there. As a young team we are working at addressing this.”