IND vs ENG: Rain at Lord’s had turned water on Ravichandran Ashwin’s aspirations
- Team management ordered Ashwin to be ready for Lord’s Test
- This decision was taken in view of the heat of London
- But in the end the decision had to be changed due to rain.
London: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said he was asked to be ready to play the second Test against England in view of the London heat but rain on match day dashed his hopes of a place in the playing XI. .
India then stuck to the strategy of going with four fast bowlers. This strategy proved to be effective. The fast bowlers took 19 wickets and played a vital role in helping India win by 151 runs.
Rain took away Ashwin’s chance
Ashwin said in his YouTube program with Indian fielding coach R Sridhar, ‘What was the weather forecast for the match? A hot summer was predicted. The funny thing is that before the match they were saying, loo chali rahi hai, neenga redia irunga (means heat is going on. You be ready. You can play.)’
He said, ‘It was raining when we came for breakfast. The weather is not in our hands. Ashwin said this in this context that the reason for his not being selected was the weather. “The team has a great bowling attack and keeping the best spinner in the world out of the playing XI is not easy,” Sridhar said in response to a question.
Rahul took advantage of the opportunity he got
On the 151-run victory at Lord’s, they both agreed that the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played a key role. In reference to Mayank Agarwal’s injury in the nets, Ashwin said, ‘Rahul got the opportunity and he took full advantage of it by batting brilliantly.’
Sridhar said, “Rahul had entered the series as the fourth opener but his preparation was excellent. He has found a way to score runs in England as an opener. Even in 2018 he scored a century at the Oval.
Ashwin praised Rohit’s defensive game while Sridhar said the Mumbai batsman had practiced a lot to be successful in England.
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