Monday 1 September 2014 

Hard Work Paying Off For Ashwin

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says that his good form with the ball now is the result of months of hard work after losing his place in the side.

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Ashwin was dropped from India's Test side after the first game in South Africa and did not feature in the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year.

However, he returned to Test action for the fourth and fifth Tests against England at Old Trafford and The Oval and has taken five wickets in two ODIs to help India into a 2-0 series lead.

"Even at The Oval I thought I was bowling really well but initially when I started I was a little rusty as I already mentioned, but then there has been a considerable amount of work that's gone into it," he revealed.

"I mean about 50-55 days of good work and before that I was working with [Bharat] Arun back in Chennai.

"It has been at least a good sixty [days], two months work on my bowling, trying to get sorted with my action and trying to get up on overs.

"So a lot of these things have been happening, so the results are just happening, it's good, thankfully it's happening now."

Ashwin and his fellow spinners have enjoyed dominance over England's batsmen, who have struggled on their way to a 133-run defeat in Cardiff and a seven-wicket loss at Trent Bridge.

"It's a pretty comfortable domain for us, you know I mean it's been one of our strengths over the last three or four years, especially over through the middle overs, we always operated in that fashion.

"There are situations when the batsmen get going and we aren't able to get wickets, those are really hard times, but if we get a wicket or two and then if we can put some hold on the batsmen, then that's a very comfortable domain for us."

And he added that part of India's resurgence in the limited overs leg of this series, after losing the Test series 3-1, has come from new players in and around the squad.

"We had some fresh legs coming in, some fresh attitude coming in, so that obviously helps, I think about six or seven people are new into the team that obviously adds on," he said.

Video courtesy of SNTV

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs