Star Indian off spinner R. Ashwin opened up in an interactive ‘Question-Answer’ session with his fans on the official Facebook page of BCCI. The off spinner spoke on a variety of issues and answered the questions put forward by his fans. Below, is the extract of his conversation with his fans.
On his favorite head to head rivalry:
The one batsman I have really enjoyed bowling to in recent times has been obviously Glenn Maxwell. I’ve had a good battle to revive with him, it’s been good fun, I’ve been getting one-up recently and that’s a good space to be in. Steven Smith has also been a very good batsman, very quick on his feet.
The batsmen to watch out for in the T20 World Cup:
Most of the batsmen are going to be tough, they have the license to go from ball one and it is going challenging, especially considering the size of the Indian grounds, compared to what we were experiencing in Australia. The whole T20 format is challenging for the bowlers. If I have to pick one batsman, it’ll be very hard for me, because I don’t give myself a chance to say ‘okay that batsman is going to dominate me’. I always go with the attitude thinking I will get one better on anybody. It pretty much depends on what kind of momentum somebody gathers coming into the tournament. So we’ll wait and watch how it goes.
On his own batting:
I think batting is very, very simple as far as my mind and attitude comes together. Because when I bowl I don’t get any wickets for free, so if I can bat, why should I give someone else my wicket away. So that’s my thought and it is not just putting a price on my wicket. It’s just that I enjoy batting. There’s far more enjoyment when it comes to batting especially when I’m turning up for Tamil Nadu. Because I play slightly higher in the order, it gives me that extra responsibility. Responsibility is the biggest kick for me in life.
Dealing with pressure in high profile games:
I love cricket, cricket is something that I do from the bottom of my heart. So irrespective of where or who I turn up for, I play with utmost happiness. But the one that the really sets me apart or sets the whole stage apart is the fact that there is pressure. If there’s no pressure I’ll probably not be playing this game. If there is extra pressure, I thrive on it. Maybe not so much expressively, yelling out or something, but I really look forward to such games. Pressure scenarios, being cornered, being hit, whatever it is, or having failed, these are situations I really love. Coming out of those situations is something I really thrive on and so I’m very happy to be playing high-profile matches.
On his favorite format:
I think my favourite format will always be Test cricket. Because Test cricket is really something that tests you for a very long period of time and it is like your lifestyle. If your lifestyle is good, if you live it as your own life, need to sleep on time, have proper food, really discipline yourself on skill-sets, turn around. The turnaround time is very quick between first and second innings. You don’t know, you could be bowling and batting immediately on the same day. Literally it tests your strength, your mental strength and your physical strength. I think Test cricket is ultimate for the game of cricket. And I’m sure everybody will agree, the second in T20 cricket.
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