Trying to Sort Bowling Action Has Helped, Says R Ashwin

Updated: 02 September 2014 00:12 IST

Ravichandran Ashwin has welcomed the addition of new players in the Indian side for the ODIs and said fresh legs have helped the tourists improve their fielding standards.

Trying to Sort Bowling Action Has Helped, Says R Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates a wicket during England's third ODI against India at Trent Bridge. © AFP

Edgbaston:

Ravichandran Ashwin has been on a roll in the one-dayers against England, picking up five wickets from two matches and the Tamil Nadu off-spinner attributes that to the time spent at the nets with his personal coach sorting out his bowling action. (India regain top spot in ICC ODI rankings)

The 27-year-old spinner has also welcomed the addition of new players in the side for the ODIs and said fresh legs have helped India improve their fielding standards. (Rampant India look to seal ODI series vs hapless England)

"I have put considerable amount of work into it, a good 55-60 days of work back at home with my coach. I have been trying to sort out my action and extract as much as possible from the wicket. Thankfully the results are coming," Ashwin told reporters on the eve of the fourth one-dayer. (Yuvraj Singh awarded Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award)

The 'four-fielder outside the 30-yard circle' rule has something that has been troubling the Indian spinners and Ashwin feels that he is working around the restrictions chalking out his own plan. ('England's mental approach to ODIs needs to change')

"The fifth fielder (old rule) actually determined the length of a spinner. Now as per new rules, depending on which fielder, you have up (inside the circle), you have to bowl fuller, pull up your length, have to play in between that and try taking risks in between that," Ashwin signed off. ('England have batted like fools vs India')

Having received the man-of-the-match award in the previous game, Ashwin was all praise for the fielding unit, which has been bolstered by the presence of Suresh Raina.

"We had six or seven new players coming in for the ODIs and that has obviously helped lift the team."

"That sort of thing happens (referring to dropped catches during Tests), when you have had a bad series, which was how the Tests ended for us.

"Now you have fresh legs coming in. It brings a bit of fresh attitude into the squad," he added.

"It is good and refreshing. The other day at Cardiff, Mohammed Shami took a good catch in the deep and he made it look easy."

Ashwin especially was ecstatic about Raina's reflex catch in the slips during the other game. "That catch from Raina (at Nottingham) was amazing.

"The moment he caught it, I forgot that I had got a wicket and went berserk seeing the way he had taken that catch. It really motivates the whole team and other slip fielders, me being one of them as well," he added.



Topics : India England India in England, 2014 Ravichandran Ashwin Suresh Raina Cricket
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