R. Ashwin’s meteoric rise as India’s most bankable bowler has been commendable indeed. The lanky off spinner from Tamil Nadu has looked like a rejuvenated soul since the 2015 World Cup. A major change in Ashwin has been that he has started to bowl attacking lines, and tosses the ball up further. Ashwin, who has bowled beautifully so far against South Africa in the test series, has found able appreciation in JP Duminy.

Duminy said that Ashwin has been just too good for the hosts, and he has been exceptional indeed. “Certainly, over the last year, Ashwin has been the most exceptional spinner in international cricket. But I also think he has played in conditions that have suited him. You still got to take wickets and to his credit he did that. Yes, we will definitely give him the respect he deserves. But as a team our focus is not too much on the opposition,” said Duminy about Ashwin.

“We understand what we are up against.We need to focus on how we get to negate that and how we are going to challenge ourselves against it. It’s not to play the person but the ball and if we do that, we are going to give ourselves the best chance of performing,” Duminy added.

Speaking about South Africa’s disastrous start in Mohali, Duminy said, “Guys have admitted to the fact that we made a few errors, especially in that first Test in Mohali. We would like to rectify those going forward.”

“There’s no point trying to be naive about it. We understand it’s a tough challenge, but we also know we have the capability of facing those challenges. We have done it before in the past. We have come here and played well in all formats. It’s about sticking to your game plan and making sure you are confident about those game plans and that is what these three days of preparation are all about,” said Duminy.