Cricket

India vs England: Would love to credit batting coach Vikram Rathour, says R Ashwin after fifth Test ton

  • Press Trust of India
  • February 16th, 2021
  • 8:48:20 IST

Chennai: Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday credited the Indian team's batting coach Vikram Rathour for his improved performances with the willow in recent times.

Amid the chatter around the challenging Chepauk pitch, Ashwin came in at number eight and showed everyone how to bat on a deteriorating surface with an excellent century, putting India on the brink of a series-levelling victory in the second Test against England.

"I can't say it's been happening in the last three days, I have been practising with Vikram Rathore. I would love to credit him with how my batting has come through over the last four-five matches," Ashwin said at the end of the third day's play.

This was after his gutsy show with the bat in Australia, where he stood his ground despite hostile fast-bowling by the home team.

He was glad that he shone so bright in front of his home crowd.

"I don't know when the next Test is going to be here, but I am pleased. Don't know if I will play another Test in Chennai, and if at all, when..."

Ashwin's number eleven companion Mohammed Siraj celebrated the senior player's fifth Test hundred more than the man himself, who had got to a century in the company of Ishant Sharma in the past.

From the other end, Ashwin enjoyed watching Siraj strike a couple of sixes.

"In the past when, he's (Ishant) been with me when I got hundreds at home and once Siraj came, I knew how to approach.

"I was thrilled for his batting and told him to go through the line of the ball. It was amazing to see how excited he was when I got my hundred.

"I don't know what the team is feeling like but I am sure they are thrilled. I can't thank the crowd enough, they have been very supportive," Ashwin said.

After the defeat in the series-opener, the team management discussed ways to counter left-arm spinner Jack Leach, according to Ashwin, who was happy that the sweep shots came through well.

"I will sleep well through the night, that is all that I am thinking.

"Even after the last Test, we spoke about how we are going to counter Leach and probably bring sweep to the game.

"Last time I was sweeping, I was 19 years old, I hit a bit of sweep shots well today. I am thankful the plan has paid off. Sort of had a very good day."

A day before his magnificent effort with the willow (106 off 148 balls) on a pitch that has tested the skill and temperament of the best of batsmen from both sides, Ashwin returned excellent figures of 5/43 for his 29th five-wicket haul in the format.

Set an imposing target of 482, England were tottering at 53 for three at stumps on the third day, requiring 429 more runs to go 2-0 up in the four-match series.

Updated Date: February 16, 2021 08:48:20 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

India vs England: Joe Root urges visitors to be 'a bit braver', play with freedom in fourth Test
First Cricket News

India vs England: Joe Root urges visitors to be 'a bit braver', play with freedom in fourth Test

The tourists have sustained heavy defeats in the past two matches — by 317 runs in Chennai and 10 wickets in a chastening two-day finish in Ahmedabad — but can still draw the series 2-2.

India vs England: Chepauk, Motera two of 'the hardest pitches I've kept on,' says visitors' Ben Foakes
First Cricket News

India vs England: Chepauk, Motera two of 'the hardest pitches I've kept on,' says visitors' Ben Foakes

India have put England on the mat with a couple of tracks which aided the home spinners as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ran riot, giving India a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

India vs England: Axar Patel's six-wicket haul, Rohit Sharma's half-century put hosts in driver's seat on Day 1 of third Test
First Cricket News

India vs England: Axar Patel's six-wicket haul, Rohit Sharma's half-century put hosts in driver's seat on Day 1 of third Test

The spin combination of left-armer Patel and off-spinner India vs England exploited the turning Motera pitch at the newly-inaugurated Narendra Modi stadium to the full and England's first innings folded in just 48.4 overs after the visitors opted to bat.