I would rather live by the sword and die by it: Ashwin

Published: Friday, September 16, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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I'd rather live by the sword & die by it

Cardiff, Sep 15: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin attributes his success in the ongoing ODI series against England to the adjustments he has made to his bowling for English conditions.

"I have tossed more because the ball hangs (in the air) a bit more here. It's better to look for help in the air than from wicket. It's better than I go after him (batsman) than he coming after me. It doesn't help if you sit back. I would rather live by the sword and die by it," said Ashwin who has picked up six wickets from four matches at 21.00.

Ashwin said he suffered from trepidation before leaving for England for the one-day series.

"This is the experience I will always cherish. I will put it in my back pocket as I might have to come back here and do well for India. I have loved every bit of experience. They have hit out, I have picked wickets I will treasure it all."

"It's not easy on English soil as spinners. The practice game really helped. I wanted to go in a certain fashion and I'm happy I could execute what I had planned."

The tall off-spinner emphasised that he attached himself more to the team's success than his own. "If you attach to team than to yourself personally you''d have more success than failure. You would enjoy more success. I feel this team has a lot in it to keep winning for a longer period of time."

Also, rather than lamenting the close losses in the last two games, Ashwin wanted to look at the bigger picture.

"They played better cricket than us. They were more gutsy than us. If a couple of things had gone our way, they would have felt as we feel now.

"But then you can lose a few battles but a war has to be won in the end and we would rather look at bigger picture and prepare with the 2015 World Cup in our mind. It''s a process we have been sticking to. We go to a game well planned and well oiled and we look to win. Make no mistake we are as desperate to win as everyone else is." 


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