Ashwin talks how he is trusting his natural game more when at the crease

Ashwin talks how he is trusting his natural game more when at the crease

It’s very rare that anyone outscores Rishabh Pant in a partnership, but R Ashwin on a good day is a possible candidate for doing so. And after four years when his gifts of eye and timing weren’t as reliable, the good days are growing in frequency.
 
Having averaged 16.72 and scored just one fifty in 39 innings from the start of 2017 to the end of 2020, Ashwin has been back among the runs. He’s averaged 26.73 since the start of 2021, and his way of run-scoring in this period has been as encouraging as the runs he has compiled.
 
Over the last year or so, Ashwin seems to have gone back to trusting his hands and eye and allowing his natural attacking game to step forward – particularly against fast bowling. Since – but not counting – his valiant efforts to save the Sydney Test last January, he’s scored at a strike rate of 69.17 against pace, with 30 fours in 292 balls, a rate better than one every ten balls.
 
Ashwin says he hasn’t made any conscious effort to punish the pacers; his scoring rate, he believes, has simply been an outcome of getting into better positions at the crease.
Ashwin talks how he is trusting his hand-eye coordination more and more
“Look, in between, somewhere, for a couple of years, trying to get very technically right or whatever it is to try and build on scores, I think I lost a bit of my flow with respect to getting into good positions at the crease,” Ashwin said, at the end of the first day’s play at the Wanderers.
 
“Even before that I have always batted at a good clip, so there’s not been a conscious effort to go out there and keep playing those shots. If it’s there, it’s there. For me, I get into positions where I can play some of those shots which maybe some of the other specialist batters might not be able to play, but this freedom is what gave me success in the past.”
 
“The moment I went in I got a straight ball which I hit down the ground, then I got one which I hit on the up off Lungi Ngidi on the off side,” Ashwin said. “So the balls presented themselves, and I responded. There was no attempt to try and go there and play at that strike rate; sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t, that’s the beauty of playing the game.
 
“And also, I thought, getting a hang of the pitch. Initially they started with the short ball again, so I feel like whenever I get started off with the short ball, it gets me going a bit, so yeah, I had gameplans. Glad it worked out, and it’s also about building on and trying to be more productive for the team.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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