Ravichandran Ashwin ready to bowl boring spells on Caribbean wickets
The right arm off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has opened up about challenges of playing in the Caribbean. According to the former CSK spinner, the slowish tracks will be a ‘challenge’ to bowl on, but he is ready to bowl "boring lines all day" in the upcoming four-test Series in West Indies.
Having been rested during the first warm-up game against the WICB Presidents eleven, he is now ready to get back into action on Tuesday in the three-day long game. Ashwin told bcci.tv on Wednesday, “I am looking forward to the game (tomorrow). It will be challenging with the kind of heat and the wicket that are there.
“Watching the last game, I felt that the wickets were pretty slow. It was a bit of a challenge. I am sure I will have a long haul. I may have to bowl boring lines, chugging away all day long,"
According to Ashwin, patience is the key as there it will be easy to form partnerships on these tracks. “It will be the first breakthrough that will be important and results will then come faster. The West Indies team looks a pretty good side with a lot of all-rounders.
Even during the last match, we saw Mishy (Amit Mishra) bowling 15-16 overs before getting first wicket and then went onto get a few more. The bounce is not there, so boring lines need to be bowled." He added.
Finishing the year 2015 on a high as ICC’s top-ranked bowler and No1 ranked test-all Rounder, for the second time in three years, he is all ready to be the lead the Bowling attack against West Indies in the Test series.
Ashwin said “I take pride in being leader of the pack. There are lot of challenges and advantages. The team will look towards me to deliver and with that comes pressure. I have always maintained that pressure is something that I play for".
Having evolved and after bringing a lot of different variations in his bowling, he has the ability to destroy best batting line-ups and is also a handy lower-order batsman, something which he can come in handy against the West Indies.