5th ODI not a dead rubber, says Ashwin

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Published: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 11:11 [IST]
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5th ODI not a dead rubber, says Ashwin

Pallekele, Aug 4: India's sensational bowler R Ashwin who has been highly successful in the on-going ODI series in Sri Lanka, has revealed the reason behind his success as he said it is his mindset that has helped him in achieving success as he wants to attack all the time.

Though India's bowling has not been great in the last few matches, Ashwin's performance has been quite impressive as he has recorded best figures of 2/46 twice in the series, at an average of 32.

Ashwin also said that situations when he has entered the bowling fray have reflected his bowling performance.

"I have been entering the bowling fray in different situations," said Ashwin

"In certain games, I have come on immediately after 10 overs, in certain other situations I have come on after 21-22 overs. It's been different. People have been set at different points of the game. I think I have done my job reasonably well. The ball has been coming out of my hand quite well. As far as a bowler is concerned, that's what you have to look at. And the numbers also have not been bad. I think the bowling is coming on really well and what I have been working on has also come out well."

When asked about his mantra for success, Ashwin said it is his approach that has helped him achieve success.

"The mindset is always to attack," said Ashwin. "Unless I attack and get wickets, I don't think I will be in any position to dictate terms in a game. I have been looking to throw up the ball and extract whatever is there in the wicket."

Bowling at death has been an issue over a period of time, and Ashwin also said that the team has been working on it.

"Definitely there is work going on on our death over bowling and there have been a few plans that come up. As a whole, it does happen, bowlers do tend to go for runs because we need to find different lengths at different venues. But as long as the team wins, I don't think it should come into question at all. It's 11 on 11, not bowlers vs batters or batters against bowlers. We would like to stick as a unit, that's how we view it."

Ashwin pleased with the team's first series win after a three-month break from international cricket said, "It is very important in terms of getting back into the groove, to know that you are actually back to winning ways" said Aswhin.

"The break has helped everyone regroup. The general mood in the team is upbeat, everybody is looking after each other, the company has been really good. Overall, the freshness in the camp is helping. We have also been playing a few soccer games here and there. This 3-1 scoreline suggests we are progressing along the right lines, and whatever we have done away from the field has also helped us."

When asked if it was difficult to motivate after a break, Ashwin said it is never difficult to motivate as long as players wear the Indian team jersey.

"I don't think it is tough to motivate yourself for international sport," said Aswhin. "As long as you are donning your country's badge, it should not be a problem at any point of time. Plus, there is something to keep the motivation going because winning 4-1 will help us go ahead in the ICC rankings. Whenever you turn up for the country, it should never be a dead rubber."


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