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Ravichandran Ashwin ready for Sri Lankan challenge

Ravichandran Ashwin ready for Sri Lankan challenge
Ravichandran Ashwin is all pumped up for India's tour of Sri Lanka which kicks-off later this month.
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Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is ready up for his team's tour of Sri Lanka which kicks off later this month.

Being India's lead spinner in the line-up, Ashwin is wary of the role spinners will play on the pitches of Sri Lanka that are likely to assist spin.

“My off-spin will be the main battle weapon against the Lankan batsmen and the pitches there also offer a good bounce,” said Ashwin.

“We all know the strengths and weaknesses of players at the international level but everything depends on the playing situation.”

Known for his interest in developing variations, Ashwin struggled during the initial part of his Test career when he was criticized for too much experimentation.

However, over the last two years, Ashwin has got a grip over his bowling in Tests maintaining a fine balance between discipline and innovation. 

"You get as close to the basics as possible.

“I try and innovate with my game.

“I keep giving this a shot - it sometimes turns fantastic and sometimes it is rubbish.

“I have utilised it pretty effectively.”

Ashwin was the fastest bowler to reach 100 Test wickets in the modern era with the bowlers above him in the list having achieved the feat in the 1930s.

Despite having an impressive Test record, Ashwin’s major victims have come in Asia, where he has snared most of his wickets while it has been a struggle in overseas conditions.

Although he has had problems in picking up wickets consistently outside the sub-continent, Ashwin isn’t fazed by the pressure surrounding him.

"I don't read into accusations.

“They just want me to get better.

“That's what I will do and I will keep getting better every day.

“I want to be the best Ashwin can be.”

While his bowling is in top shape, Ashwin’s batting skills in Tests aren’t bad by any means with the off-spinner averaging 40 with the willow.

"I love my batting. I look to contribute.”

Ashwin is ranked third among the Test all-rounders in the latest Test rankings published by the International Cricket Council and is also the highest ranked Indian bowler in 12th spot.

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