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The veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recently revealed how he planned to dismiss the Australian opener David Warner during the 2017 Bengaluru Test and the skipper Virat Kohli supported him in that planning.
It was the four-match Test series between the hosts India and the visitors Australia. Steven Smith-led Australian team won the first game of that series at Pune by 333 runs, which was their first Test victory in India after 2004.
They played the second game of that Test series at Bengaluru. After India were bundled out for just 189 runs in the first innings of that Test match, Australian openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw already provided the unbroken 40 runs partnership at the stumps of the opening day of that Test.
Talking about that game, Ravichandran Ashwin recently told in a conversation with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz, “How David Warner got out in the first innings in Bangalore, where he got bowled – I moved over the stumps and started hitting the rough and he got bowled. I remember that game. I was in deep sense of thought as we had lost the first game and I couldn’t fathom the fact that Australia can beat us on our home soil. I was in a deep state of therapy, thinking how am I going to get my team out of this.”
think I want to go over the wicket to David Warner: Ravichandran Ashwin
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon dominated in the first innings of that match as he finished with the bowling figures of 22.2-4-50-8. While Lyon highly impressed in the first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin was under pressure but the Indian off-spinner was confident enough and had a special plan for the dangerous Aussie opener Warner. He was planning to surprise Warner by bowling from over the wicket and he revealed his plan to the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Ashwin said, “Virat was playing PlayStation with Saha and I went to his room and said, ‘Virat, I think what’s happening is Nathan Lyon got wickets in the first innings and the wicket was damp so somehow there is this sense of people coming in and saying that Lyon got wickets and hence Ash should get wickets and we’ll roll them over.
“‘But I want to be in my own cocoon, where I can take this game forward the way I want. I think I want to go over the wicket to David Warner even if it sounds defensive. We need to put this game on pause mode, literally pause this game without Australia wresting the initiative. And I think both Warner and Renshaw have practised a lot of balls for off-spinners coming from round the stumps. So I want to change this game.”
Do what you want, I have complete belief in you: Virat Kohli to Ravichandran Ashwin
After listening to Ashwin’s plan, Kohli gave a green signal on that and also said that he had complete belief on him.
Ashwin added, “He listened to my idea for a minute, started playing the game and said, ‘Do what you want, I have complete belief in you.’ And the next day I started bowling over the stumps.”
In both the innings, Ashwin dismissed Warner. Ashwin took two wickets in the second innings of that match and six wickets in the fourth innings of that game. After Australia were all out on 276 runs in their first innings, India scored 274 runs in their second innings of that game. Chasing down the 188 runs target, Australia were all-out for just 112 runs as India won that Test by 75 runs.