Ashwin says Australian conditions have been unique, can’t make concrete plans


Indian veteran R Ashwin also admitted that the Australian conditions took him by surprise but didn’t really upset his plans or preparation for the tournament.

Q Earlier you came to Australia. What did you expect in terms of physical condition and impact on your bowling game?

Ashvin: “I thought all my sunscreen would be used up. It hit me. I generally like cold weather. I went to England and played a lot of cricket there, but it was very unique and different.

I think one of the biggest features of T20 cricket is how you adapt to a particular situation on that day or that time, given the demands of the game, where you’re bowling, where you’re not bowling and what drummers you ride. cons, what are the situations, etc?

Fast bowlers set the tone. As a spinner coming in the back half 9th or 10th and then doing the work for the back is a role we have to adapt to. It’s not like I’ve never played this role before. This happens in the IPL. So the demands of the game, the situation, and what you need to provide the team are exactly what adaptations call for.

Q Today is Virat’s birthday, so was there a special party today?

Ashvin: Yeah, we have a cake. Rishabh had it. Right before we come to practice, yes.

Q Since day one, you’ve practiced a lot against the short ball. For example, even with throwing specialists, they served you these deliveries under your arms. Would you say it made a difference? Was it a conscious effort that you were planning – that you had a plan to face shortball?

Ashvin: “I don’t have a lot of balls to plan and assume. But, you know, that’s pretty much our plan here.

I think it’s not just the lower order drummer. Due to the size of the bounces and limitations, people tend to use a lot of long and short balls.

This is a very critical hit to practice. You can’t keep thinking “go in there and think about how I’m going to rotate it” and all that. You have to practice and give your instincts the best chance to hit that ball.

Q How much of a game fan are you? It seems like a big thing in T20 crickets these days and data analysts and things like that.

Ashwin: “I I don’t think players have to necessarily believe in matchups, but I do think that’s an area where teams and tactical advantages happen.

I think it’s safe to say that one end of the spectrum is to plan all of these things, but as a bowler you constantly have to play a lot of hitters. You have to constantly know where the Achilles heels are and work on them and try to improve. You want to add that to your skill set, whether it’s with the bat or the ball.

I think it’s a feature that exists and is definitely in development. As a game unit, just believing that and saying that’s what this guy is going to throw at this person, you can’t work like that. But I think it gives teams a tactical advantage.

Q Have the weather, the conditions, the grounds at the start of the season changed the spinners’ game plan? Should they play differently under these conditions?

Ashvin: “You can’t make a concrete plan, go out there and say that’s going to be my plan. Like, you have to adapt to the situation on the spot. You see what’s in front of you, what the scorecard is, what the required rate is, and then you throw the best ball possible.

Very often in T20 cricket it’s – I mean, as a bowler you like to get wickets by the buckets, but maybe that’s not the necessary thing when it comes to T20 cricket when you play. So you might have to put the slack back at 8 or 9, and the next person might end up getting the wickets, whoever has the best chance of getting the wickets.

It’s simple as far as I’m concerned. It is my approach that has given me success.

Q. Commissioning has fallen short at times, is there anything more you are doing in this regard?

Ashvin: “Look, hard work and practice, catching high balls, flat balls, the whole field feel. Everyone works hard.

Like I said, on game day, what happens, how you might lose a hold or what you do is very, very important. That said, we had a few ordinary games where we also had a wonderful game the last game against Bangladesh, and that probably turned the game upside down.

As I said, Australia was very different. The weather was very cold. Not just captures. There were teams that had a really, really good time in the park at this tournament and also lost catches.

I think it could have something to do with the conditions or the climate or the weather or the lack of a reference point when the high catches come in.

Keeping all this in mind, we put the hard yards. That day, he just has to turn. Those who work harder are luckier.

Q There was talk of bowler burnout. Have your thoughts on dismissal changed

Ashvin: I also wouldn’t like to go out like that just because I don’t like — it’s not like I can’t go out like that. So nobody likes to go out. I don’t like to be nicked, bowled, run away anyway. I also wouldn’t like to get run over by the non-striker because that’s a form of firing, and it’s pretty legal.

You see, there aren’t a lot of arguments around this. As with anything else in this world, when certain things happen you are going to have people with conflicting thoughts. Whether you want to or you don’t, that’s fine. It’s good to know they won’t because you can run last minute, and you can wait.

It’s good. I mean, if people are going to come out and say they won’t, as a cricketer, I’m going to use that as an advantage for myself.

Q There’s been a lot of upset in this tournament, but a lot of people think tomorrow’s game will be easy for you. How do you expect it?

Ashwin: “No win was easy in this World Cup. See, like the game is wider in a Test match or something like that, you have a bad session with the quality or the sheer experience of a team, you can always rally and come back in a series, in a test match or in a series.

In T20 cricket, deadlines are very tight, so if it’s not going your way, you can’t, like, say okay, we’ll deal with it later. We must take the initiative and move forward and try to put pressure on the opposition.

In this case, each team has adapted beautifully and each team has a decent bowling offense. The grounds are large. Wickets have a bit for fast bowlers up front. So that leveled the contest beautifully.

I think it’s safe to say that if the pitches are decent enough, a lot more teams and a lot more cricketers will have to value and rely on their skills. This competition kind of evened it out, I think.

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