By beating the NZ side comprehensively by 372 runs, India has now registered their biggest Test match win. This test series was India’s 14th consecutive series win in the home conditions. Team India now stands at third position in the ICC WTC points table with 42 points from 3 wins and 1 loss. this
It is no surprise that R. Ashwin has played a significant role in India’s dominance in Test cricket over the last few years, especially in the home conditions. The off-spinner recently made a comeback to the shorter format due to his excellent form after nearly five years. When India toured England earlier this year, everyone was expecting him to play in the test matches. However, there were many eyebrows when Ashwin was not chosen in the playing eleven for even a single test match.
Speaking to the host broadcasters Star Sports, Simon Doull said Ravichandran Ashwin has not only contributed with the bowl but even with the ball. He praised Ashwin’s innings in the Kanpur match when India was pushed behind the game at 51 – 5 but Ashwin’s knock of 52 runs with Shreyas Iyer allowed India to come back into the game.
In his own words, “I know we want to talk about his bowling and I will but just going back to India being 52 for five in the Kanpur test match, and the innings he played, just in conjecture with Shreyas Iyer, just the way he took the NZ bowlers on with slightly aggressive. I know it was (the innings) only in his mid-thirties but that innings there just got India back into that innings and allowed the lower order to bat with Shreyas Iyer. So not only he has contributed time and time again with the ball, this series I think those two-thirty odds (innings) in Kanpur were a big telling stat in the series with him with the bat “
“He is not the quickest in the field but he has got safe hands, just an all-round game to me that Ravi Ashwin provides to the Indian side. Its just that the guy that’s got to play all the time you know. I was surprised when he was left out in England. He just got to play. He is a genuine match-winner. He is always evolving and is always trying to improve. He’s a student of the game and he deserves every little bit of reward that he gets it. He is a brilliant brilliant cricketer”
Laxman recalls his remembrance of R. Ashwin in the Dileep Trophy match
The former batsman heaped praises on the spinner. In his own words, “I first saw him in Dileep Trophy match when I was the captain of South Zone against Central Zone in 2008 and I thought Ashwin would be a very good white-ball bowler. But to become the third-highest test wicket-taker for India shows and speaks volumes of his hard work, work ethic and his desire to be the best in the World”