Bat is beating the ball claims Ashwin

Written by | January 27, 2014 | 0

Hamilton Jan 27 :The batsmen have ruled the one-day series so far – and Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin doesn’t expect that to change greatly in Hamilton today.

More than 1700 runs have been scored in the three matches between the two sides to date, despite the second match of the series in Hamilton being reduced by rain to 42 overs per side.

Ashwin said the tourists had certainly found the boundaries at New Zealand grounds shorter than what they’re used to – which meant even the former domestic opening bat was working on developing his power game.

“I have been working pretty hard on it – it is not something that came naturally to me,” said Ashwin, who plundered 65 off 46 balls in the tied match in Auckland on Saturday.

“As more of a batsman at the top of the order, I used to take my time, used to accumulate runs, play shots along the ground.

“But definitely over the last year or so I’ve put in a lot of effort and I’ve made a few technical changes when I’m looking to hit and it’s coming out really well.”

Ashwin batted at seven in Auckland and almost combined with Ravindra Jadeja to steal a win for the tourists.

“It was a good opportunity for me in terms of going higher in the order.

“You don’t often get to bat so many overs with the current Indian batting lineup – they always do the job up there.”

 

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