Monday, 21st march 2016, India’s premier off-spinner R Ashwin said that “Under favourable conditions”, the hosts will be a “Hard side to beat” in the ongoing World T20.
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He told to bcci.tv that “I think, we are a very good team. On our day and under conditions favourable for us, we are going to be a pretty hard side to beat.” And also added that “There will be exceptions. We lost a recent game in Pune against Sri Lanka and another one in Nagpur against New Zealand. On both occasions, the opposition read the game better than us.”
India lost the first game of ICC Worl Cup T20 against New Zealand but beat Pakistan easily in their next game.
R Ashwin, who is known as a thinking cricketer, said that even though there was much turn on offer at the Eden gardens, it wasn’t as easy as it seemed.
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He said, “Jadeja and me were hitting a particular length. That is very important for the ball to grip and for the other one to go straight.” And added that “Variation of pace is another important aspect for a spinner to taste success on this kind of a turf. When you vary the trajectory, you can force the batsman to go for a cut or a pull and beat them in the flight.”
Ashwin also said that “I am used to go for a few runs when I bowl first. My job is to bowl to where my fielders are and , in the process, if I pick up a few wickets, I become a completely different bowler.”
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