‘I got enough overs on that day and I thought I’d just bat the way I did in a Test match’
Hamilton, 27 January
He might be going through a lean patch with the ball but Ravichandran Ashwin had contributed with the bat in Auckland and the Indian all-rounder said today he was very "comfortable with his cricket right now."
According to him, he is in the best frame of mind ahead of the fourth One-Day International against New Zealand tomorrow. Ashwin’s first ODI half-century helped India snatch a tie at Eden Park in the third ODI.
"It was a good opportunity presented to me in terms of batting higher up the order. You do not often get so many overs to bat, given the current composition of the Indian line-up. I got enough overs on that day and I thought I’d just bat the way I batted in a Test match and I’d look for runs all the time. It helped me in the end," said Ashwin, adding: "This is probably the best frame of mind I have been in. I have locked away a few things. I am not reading articles or listening to what people are saying about me. It doesn’t make sense. I had a tour of South Africa which was quite a learning curve for me. I have decided if I am doing my best, that is all I can do. I spoke to (captain MS) Dhoni about a couple of things, I spoke to the coach and I had chats with a few people. I thought things were going all right. It can happen, you cannot keep taking wickets or making runs all the time. The frame of mind I was in helped me perform the way I did."
Ashwin bowled Corey Anderson in that third ODI in Auckland. His previous wicket came in the Durban ODI against South Africa, in which he dismissed Quinton de Kock.
"I am satisfied with how I am bowling. I have sorted out my length. I also know what kind of bowling needs to be done. There are certain ways of bowling a spell abroad. I have learnt that and I will put that into practice," said Ashwin, adding: "You tend to be targeted as a spinner away from home."
Ashwin said he had put a lot of hard work into his batting.
"I bat in both formats of the game in much the same way, taking into consideration the situation every time I go out to bat. It is easier to get runs in a one-day game, you do not have many men behind the bat, you have spread-out fields," he said.