Ravichandran Ashwin has insisted that for a spinner to succeed in alien conditions, passages of the game need to go their way because of the twin jobs they have to do every time. The off-spinner has also added that Steve Smith’s wicket, in the context of his ability, was a big one.
Ravichandran Ashwin put up one of the most complete performances with his conventional off-spin catching the hosts off-guard. He didn’t try to do a lot of things, rather enabled his basics to an extent where it reaped rewards just the way he would have wanted. Indian pacers putting pressure from the other end really helped him and Ashwin conceded that passages need to go your way in overseas conditions for a spinner to pick up wickets on a consistent basis.
"I've always maintained this, especially when you travel and play abroad away from India, the passages of play need to go your way as a spinner because you are doing a twin job...you are doing it against the conditions. As far I'm concerned, I keep watching and see if I can learn and prepare thoroughly for a batsman and put in the earnest effort. That's all one can do," Ashwin said in the day-end press conference.
Almost a couple of years ago, in Adelaide, with a lot of questions about his career, Ashwin picked up six wickets across two innings to be a big figure in India’s series win. Now with a lot of questions asked about his career, he responded once again with a class performance but added that he never really failed in overseas conditions apart from a few times in the last couple of years.
"With regards to the wicket of Steve Smith, obviously it's a big wicket. You know how much time he bats. In the context of the game, and where it was placed, I felt it was a really important wicket so I really enjoyed it."
“In the last two years, if people don't reflect on two or three not so great performances, I've had decent outings every time I've played overseas. Like I said, things can get blown out of context."
“I've put those things in the backyard. I've learnt from it and as far as I am concerned, I've learnt to enjoy my trade and I want to have as much fun as I can. I don't want to sit back and think if it's the best or not. There is an innings to go and I am looking forward to it," said Ashwin.