Thursday 7 August 2014 

Video - Ashwin Staying Positive Despite Poor First Day

Watch as Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says that despite a poor opening day of the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford, India are not out of the game just yet.

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India were at one point struggling at eight for four before MS Dhoni's 71 and 40 from Ashwin himself helped them reach 152 before being bowled out.

England then closed on 113 for three and Ashwin maintains that he and his team-mates bowled well towards the end of the day.

"From outside or whatever, it looked like it had something in it and the bowlers exploited it pretty well, so yeah, maybe we could have got a little bit more," he said.

"You always want that little bit more in anything that you do, so I think we bowled pretty well to come back at the end, so if we can knock off a few (England wickets) tomorrow morning, it will be nice."

And he remains optimistic that India could still turn this game around.

"Well, there have been such situations before and when we play Ranji Trophy games, Bombay has been zero for five hundred and they've managed to win a Ranji Trophy from there so, pretty much that's where our... that's where my motivation came from.

"Pretty disappointed that I threw it away at the end, could have been more runs, probably, and I have only myself to blame for that.

"If we had more runs we could probably have put more pressure on them. But still, if we get some (favourable) conditions tomorrow morning and if we get a couple of wickets away, we are in the game, right in the mix."

Ashwin combined with Dhoni to add 66 for the seventh wicket and add a touch of respectability to India's score and he paid tribute to the way his captain had played.

"I thought he batted brilliantly. It was a very gutsy knock, the ball was going around, the ball was actually kicking off a length as well.

"When we got together, he asked me to play my game, he asked me to play the shots that I wanted to, so we pretty much decided that that was the way to go, because (there were) hardly any runs on the board and wickets were falling.

"We didn't want to be just sitting ducks, so I got on with my game, we kept rotating the strike, we were not giving many overs away in terms of maidens, so that was our plan and it went all right.

"He was very gutsy today."

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