Ravichandran Ashwin: Came of age when I played in Australia
New Delhi: Often criticised for not delivering overseas, Indian off-spinner R Ashwin says he came of age during the most recent tour of Australia and it won't be long before his wicket-count goes up abroad.
Ashwin picked up 12 wickets at an average of 48.66 in the four-match series but insisted that it was a decent effort as the wickets Down Under are not particularly conducive for spinners.
"To say it (performance overseas) will get better by the time I'm done, is not how I look at this game. I think I came of age when I played in Australia this time. More than anything else, I think I created a lot of wicket-taking opportunities and put a lot of pressure on the batsman," Ashwin told ESPNCricinfo.
"To bowl 30 overs in a day in Australia is a really commendable effort for a spinner in my knowledge. Over the last year, my bowling has come a long way.
If you asked me, would you take 25 wickets more or how you are bowling right now, I would say I will take how I am bowling right now because I know the wickets are round the corner," he said.