Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is confident of beating any batsman in the world once he gets into his rhythm. The 30-year-old, who picked up his 20th 5-wicket haul in the first innings of the third Test, has also revealed the reason behind his success against New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
With 6 wickets and two run-outs, Ashwin dismantled the New Zealand innings on Day 3 of the third Test at Indore and restricted them to a score of 299, despite a century-run stand between Guptill and Latham. His spell took India one step close to completing a whitewash, and Ashwin has rated it as 'pretty special'.
“Pretty special. It’s very important for me to get into a good rhythm. I just finished my interview with Simon Doull where I was telling him that throughout this series I’ve not started in fine rhythm. I don’t know where it is but I’m trying to get my alignment right. It’s taking me a few overs,” Ashwin said in the press conference.
“Once I go through it and when my body starts going completely into the ball, the spells start getting better. The spell after lunch was once such spell.
“When I start my spell, it’s all about getting into a good rhythm, get through the crease and accelerate. Once I get into the rhythm, I think I can beat any batsman in the world. That’s where I stand right now.”
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“I come into a series with a plan. I picked up some clues about Kane from the last time he played in India — at Bangalore. He has a tendency to lunge forward. That’s where I capitalised on,” Ashwin explained.