'India tried to win in England more than in WC'

Published: Monday, September 19, 2011, 16:06 [IST]
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Ashwin on team India's effort in England

Chennai, Sep 19: Back from a disastrous tour of England, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today (Sept 19) said that the Test series loss had left the India team low in confidence but the side still "fought to win every match even more than it had during the World Cup".

"To be frank, the confidence level was low. But I can say that the team fought to win every match even more than it had during the World Cup. Everybody competed fiercely," said Ashwin.

"But more than the England players, we had to compete with a lot of other factors, such as rain, the wicket...the outfield became very wet after the rains.

"We were very confident of taking them on, but certain things didn't go our way. Let's just say luck didn't work in our favour," he added.

Ashwin admitted that the Indian team has been playing a lot of cricket but said that as professionals it is the responsibility of the players to manage the workload.

"I joined the Indian team only from the ODI series, so I've been away for about 45 days. I don't think there is much point in discussing the fatigue factor. We're all professional cricketers, so we can't really complain.

"Definitely a lot of cricket is being played, but it's part and parcel of the game. If you give me a month off, there's no guarantee that I won't get injured in that time span. So, it's completely about how you look after yourself, how you manage yourself," he said.


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