Virat Kohli may have dropped the hint of Kuldeep Yadav making it to the Indian test team ahead of the 5-match series against England, still, the spin attack for the tests relies heavily on Ravichandran Ashwin. He is one of the most experienced bowlers for India in the test format.
Apart from that, Ravichandran Ashwin has a considerable amount of experience in playing in the English conditions. While playing for Worcestershire in 2017, he picked up a total of 20 wickets in just four matches, with the average of 29.15 and an economy rate of 3.16. He also averaged 42.80 with the bat during his County season with Worcestershire in 2017.
I want to give my best in the series, says Ashwin
Speaking with icc-cricket.com, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says he wants to use all his experience to help his team. “I want to try and use all my experience over the years that I have played Test cricket for, and make it for the best use, make sure that I give my best there, and come out as another cricketer who has learned as much as it is possible to learn from other tours”, says Ashwin.
It is all about adapting to the conditions
Speaking further, the spinner says the upcoming test series is all about how well the team acclimatize to the English conditions. “What also will be crucial is how well we adapt and acclimatise earlier on in the series. But once we do, that it is all about responding to the situations and having that belief that you can retaliate at any point of time. In long Test series we are going to commit mistakes, and likewise, we are going to expect the opposition to commit mistakes”, further adds Ravichandran Ashwin who has taken a total of 316 wickets in the 58 test matches he has played for India.
Although England have won the ODI series, Team India can bounce back brilliantly in the test series. As more and more players are now adapted to the English conditions, it would be interesting to see how well India respond in the test series after losing the ODI series.