Star off-spinner sends out stern warning to opposition
New Delhi: India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin yesterday said that "under favourable conditions", the hosts will be a "hard side to beat" in the ongoing World T20.
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of NZ's Martin Guptill with Yuvraj Singh in Nagpur last week. Pic/AFP
India lost to New Zealand on a turner in the opening game but beat Pakistan easily in their next game on a similar surface. "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," Ashwin told bcci.tv after the team's six wicket win over Pakistan.
But as exception proves the rule, it can happen with 'Men In Blue' too. "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," said Ashwin.
Ashwin, who is known to be 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.
"(Ravindra) 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," said Ashwin, adding that variation of pace is another important aspect for a spinner to taste success on this kind of a turf.