Coach's hug meant a lot to Ashwin

Published: Nov 10, 2011, 08:23 IST | Vimal Kumar

When R Ashwin returned to the team hotel after bagging the man-of-the-match award on Test debut yesterday, a special man was waiting to greet the India off-spinner -- his coach -- former Tamil Nadu spinner, Sunil Subramaniam.

When R Ashwin returned to the team hotel after bagging the man-of-the-match award on Test debut yesterday, a special man was waiting to greet the India off-spinner -- his coach -- former Tamil Nadu spinner, Sunil Subramaniam.


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"We just hugged each other. We didn't say much when we met after his man-of-the-match effort. I have been talking to him on a daily basis. Certainly it is a dream day," said an elated, yet composed coach.

Subramaniam was a crafty left-arm spinner for Tamil Nadu in the 90s. He didn't duck a question that related to Harbhajan Singh, who Ashwin replaced in the Test team. "The media may portray it as a Harbhajan versus Ashwin battle, but I think both are different kind of bowlers.

In fact, I believe India is lucky to have both as they can be part of the same playing XI because they offer variety to the captain. I have done some research and discovered that S Venkataraghavan and Erapalli Prasanna performed better when they played together," said the spinner turned coach.

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