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Asia Cup: Testing ourselves in various environments is good, says Ashwin

Off-spinner R Ashwin says it’s better to adapt to conditions thrown at you rather than complain as Team India take on Sri Lanka on seaming Sher-e-Bangla track today

Mirpur: India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has no complaints with the seaming track of the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, which has little on offer for the spinners, as he believes in adapting to different conditions rather than whining about it.

Ravichandran Ashwin has no qualms about little help for spinners on seaming tracks in Asia Cup T20
Ravichandran Ashwin has no qualms about little help for spinners on seaming tracks in Asia Cup T20. Pic/AFP

"It is very important to know what conditions are thrown at you. You can't try and beat the conditions. It is very important to go back and understand that it will not spin a lot on these surfaces. That's why it is even more imperative that we try to bowl in good lengths, get away with our overs rather than looking to go for wickets," Ashwin said on the eve of their round robin league match against Sri Lanka.

All about pressure
"In T20 format, it is the pressure that gives you wickets rather than exact skill of the ball. That's what I look to do and when there is any window to attack I will attack irrespective of the wicket. It's T20 cricket, we might have slower wicket, flatter wickets in World T20. We have to understand situation rather than complaining about it. Testing ourselves in various environments is good for us," the off-spinner maintained.

For him, it is the home team's choice to prepare a wicket. "It's their choice as to what kind of wickets they want. We came thinking that the wickets will be slow, but international teams need to adapt to whatever surfaces are thrown at them. Hopefully, it has given us a dress-rehearsal of how to bat lower down the order," he said.

Ashwin said that Kohli's batting against Amir was one of "guts and courage" that gave the dressing room a lot of relief. "We needed someone to stick his head out as Amir was going through a really good spell. We needed someone to show intent. Virat showed that intent while defending as well as attacking, which gave the dressing room a lot of comfort.

"Obviously, we knew that with a 20-30 run stand, the match will be over as it was not a huge score. From that perspective, Virat showed a lot of guts and courage and that was very encouraging," said Ashwin.

Ashwin also agreed that emergence of Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra's form have helped the spinners a lot. "On a lighter note, I can only help myself (laughs). But seriously, it's nice if we can punch as a group.

"Ashish is experienced and had a very good IPL. He can swing the ball upfront and bowl at death. Bumrah has a unique action, bowls lethal yorkers and it gives us huge confidence to go about in the middle-overs with a lot of attacking instinct," he said.

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