ODI series loss is not 'disastrous' like World War: Ashwin

Published: Friday, December 13, 2013, 11:54 [IST]
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'ODI series loss is not disastrous'

Benoni, Dec 13: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin refused to read too much into India's 0-2 drubbing in the ODI series against South Africa and said that the result has rather made the players "ready for a fight" in the two-match Test series beginning on December 18.

Ashwin did not the term the ODI series loss as disaster for India though he said it was not great either. "I never like to call any series disastrous. It is a big word for me and disastrous is something that you use when a World War occurs. But what happened was not great either," he said.

India lost the first ODI in Johannesburg by 141 runs and the second in Durban by 136 runs. The third ODI in Centurion was washed away mid-way into the match yesterday. Ashwin sought to take positives from the ODI series loss and said all the players were now desperate to do well in the Test series which begins in Johannesburg.

"The ODI series loss has put everybody in a good frame of mind in terms of going out there and being prepared for what we're going to get. We actually know what we will be getting out there. Everybody is desperate to do well and make sure that we can turn things around," he said at a media interaction ahead of the two-day practice game against a South African Invitational XI beginning here.

The off-spinner said the Indian team will be looking to turn a corner in the Test series. "Going into a series we are always confident, in terms of what we can achieve with the talent we have and the potential we can live up to.

"I am definitely looking to fight and am prepared for that. Be it with catching, be it with bowling or be it with batting, I am prepared for all. So I am just going to go out there and make sure that at least give it 100 per cent of what I can try and try for a series win. An overseas win means the most for me," said Ashwin.


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