Though Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers in the Pink Ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium, it can’t be ignored that Axar’s senior partner Ravichandran Ashwin has constantly guided him as the duo spun a web over English batsmen.
While Axar Patel has scalped 11 wickets which showed his hard work & efforts, Ashwin scalped 7 wickets to become the fastest Indian to reach the 400 test wickets mark. Ashwin is the fourth Indian bowler who reached the milestone of 400 Test wickets after Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Speaking after the match, Ashwin revealed that he is working on his fitness despite is ageing body. “I think my bowling is coming beautifully, I thought I was bowling well in the IPL. In Australia, I had a chat with Ravi (Shastri) and Virat (Kohli), they felt I was bowling well,” he said.
“I worked a lot on my fitness, this body is ageing, and it has looked upwards for me since the lockdown. I have been having a lot of chats recently — it’s incredibly difficult watching the game from the dressing-room, you don’t know how things work. We lost the first Test and its extra special to come back and win,” he pointed.
He also said that it was a pleasant experience to reach 400 Test Wickets mark & said that the spinners bowled well to ensure that India ended on the winning side. “Pleasant experience (on reaching 400 Test wickets). Good that it happened in a winning cause. We were worried after getting bowled out for 145, didn’t think we didn’t have many runs on the board. We then bowled beautifully on a wicket assisting us,” he said.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been bowling well since IPL 2020 but the spinner said that he wasn’t sure that he would start good in the series against Australia. “At the start of the Australian tour, I didn’t think I would be starting, but then (Ravindra) Jadeja broke down and it might have had to happen.”
Asked on the road ahead, Ashwin said, “People are asking the same question. I want to keep improving, that’s what motivates me a lot.”