CHENNAI: R Ashwin has toured Australia on multiple occasions with the Indian team, but the latest trip will have to be the most memorable one. Not only did the 34-year-old leave a mark with the ball — neutralising the threat posed by Australia’s batsmen, especially Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, but Ashwin also delivered with the bat when it mattered.
During a chat with a select group of journalists on Sunday, Ashwin spoke about the historic series Down Under, his duel with Smith and more.
Talking about the series Down Under, do you reckon the Aussies underestimated India’s bench strength?
I am not too sure. I personally think they knew our bowling was going to challenge them all through the series. I think it is just that the team found ways to bounce back after being bowled out 36. It’s not just the bench strength alone that dictated the way the series went. Every time there was a challenge thrown — somebody in the team raised the bar.
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Having travelled to Australia a few times before, would you say this was the best you have bowled there?
Looking back , you can say that. I’ve always