IND v ENG 2016: There Are More Wickets To Come, Says Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin has been bowling like a wizard off late, as taking prized scalps of opposition batsmen seems no big deal for him. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner has taken quite a few wickets in the past but in these last couple of months, his form has peaked as his skill to extract turn from any surface remains phenomenal.
It was just a matter of time and formality, before the fourth Test between India and England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai ended, as Ashwin led a complete rout of England. The offie took the last four wickets of England, as India wrapped up the series by a victory margin of an innings and 36 runs. On a pitch assisting him with bounce and sharp turn, Ashwin ensured the English batsmen danced to his tunes.
Post India’s victory, Ashwin mentioned he would take more wickets in the time to follow. “I hope it is a purple patch,” said Ashwin in his conversation with Sanjay Manjrekar post the fourth test. “There are more wickets to come in the first place. Today is a very enjoyable victory. When England came here last time we lost mentally and out there in the field. It is very special to win the series here in Mumbai.”
The star all-rounder added there was more bounce on offer at Mumbai that helped him. “I thought there wasn’t much bounce in the earlier wickets. So I had to wait for a wicket that had bounce more to bowl that ball. It is a bat big first innings as in the second innings it gets very hard to bat because every ball starts to break and the soil becomes loose.”
Ashwin in particular, praised the duo of Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli for playing fabulous knocks that got India to a gigantic first innings score. “We batted really well, especially Vijay and Virat applied themselves and played well off the back foot,” said Ashwin.
Vijay, who scored a ton in the first innings, was delighted with his performance as well. He said:
“It is a great feeling to contribute to the winning cause. As Ashwin mentioned, the team that toured England in 2014, to winning here, it is a great experience to be part of. Unbelievable. Definitely I am looking forward to the home game.”
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