Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was at the pinnacle of his career during 2014-15. He was the leading wicket-taker for Team India in Tests as well as ODIs. He recalls the time when he picked four times the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, who has best stats against off-spinners, in the 2015 Test series.
Sri Lanka’s former cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has faced the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Saeed Ajmal, and Nathan Lyon with much ease in Test cricket. His batting average in the longest format against Ajmal is 132.75. His average against Harbhajan is 99.33, while against Lyon, his average is 61. However, Ravichandran Ashwin made his suffering during India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2015.
I was bowling like a dream to left-handers: Ravichandran Ashwin
In a recent interaction with Pakistan journalist Mazher Arshad, Ashwin explained the reasons for his success against a stalwart like Sangakkara, even though the former Sri Lanka spinner enjoyed facing off-spinners.
Ashwin said that he was bowling like a dream to left-handers. He didn’t have to think before bowling because every bowl was perfect which led Sangakkara to struggle.
“I was really, really lucky because I was in the form of my life. The ball was coming out like a dream, I didn’t have to think about anything. I felt like my entire action and rhythm was in motion.
“I also felt that sanga got some really good balls, I was in a good phase. I was bowling like a dream to left-handers. I felt like whenever I saw any left-hander I could see who he was,” Ashwin said.
Ravichandran Ashwin enjoys bowling in Sri Lanka:
Talking about that tour, Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker, picking up 21 wickets in three Tests. He picked the wicket of Sangakkara for four times.
Ashwin has admitted that he enjoys bowling in Sri Lankan pitched because they have a good bounce. And with his form being top-notch during that time, it was the icing on the cake.
“And I loved bowling in Sri Lanka. Because Sri Lanka pitches are not big on the spin, but they have a good bounce and speed to carry an edge to the slips. So, I really enjoyed bowling in that phase of my career. It was about the right time in the right place. Sangakkara was about to finish his career, and I was about to take off my career. So, I found myself at the right time of my career against Sanga,” he further added.
Currently, Ravichandran Ashwin is a regular Test player but has lost his wicket in ODIs and T20Is. So far, he has picked 365 wickets in 71 Test matches.