When it comes to spin bowling in Test matches, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin owns a plethora of records. Ashwin has the second most (27) five-wicket hauls in Test cricket after Anil Kumble who has picked up 35 five-wicket hauls. Due to his sensational bowling performances, he also holds the record of winning the Man of the Series award most times in Test cricket.
In the first Test match against South Africa in Vizag, Ashwin claimed eight wickets including a seven-fer in the first innings and thus, he also became the joint fastest bowler along with Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan to reach the milestone of 350 Test wickets. After the game, Ashwin mentioned that he always focuses on the basics and tries to keep things simple.
“Obviously, these things happen over a period of time and it’s not like you can plan any of these things. I’ve been very lucky in my career with where I’ve got with these records. But it’s important to stick to the process every single day and try and stick to the basics, try and keep it as simple as possible because that’s what makes it easier for you every time you go into the next game,” quoted Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin further stated that he wants to keep his bowling pretty straightforward and simple. He wants to prepared and ticking all the boxes before every match. Ashwin talked about his process work and his learning from the past experiences.
“I want to keep my bowling as simple and straightforward as possible. I want to be as prepared as possible and try and tick all boxes before a game. Try and be in the best mental and physical space getting into that match, assessing the pitch really well,” he added.
“All these are things that I play inside my head and try and be as prepared as possible getting into a game. With regards to how I go about my work, how I don’t want to chase anything, again and again, I want to keep it very simple. That’s what I’ve learned over the last year or so,” Ashwin concluded.