NEW DELHI: Ravichandran Ashwin once again showed his batting prowess to help India secure a narrow three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second Test at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Sunday.
Shocked at 74/7 in their small pursuit of 145, Ashwin put up a remarkable fightback and set up an unbeaten 71-point position with Shreyas Iyer to guide India to a 2-0 series sweep.
Ashwin said he’s worked hard on aspects of his stick, like his backlift, power shots and considers his defense solid.
“I highly value my defence. The test of cricket is played around the defense as a hitter. Modern cricket asks you to take the airway. I don’t think it’s fair when two bowlers are pressuring you. You can’t get away with it every time.” It looks good when it’s happening, but the pressure tests have to be played with a defense of steel. I played a lot more shots, I have confidence to get over the fence. I worked a lot on my backlift, my base and I have that confidence,” Ashwin said in a video posted by BCCI which also features hitter Cheteshwar Pujara.

Ashwin revealed that when he came out at bat his first goal was to get through lunch and praised Shreyas Iyer for his composure.
“When I came out, I thought we had to get over the situation. Shreyas had a very good composure. I just told him to do his job, whether it was in 10 overs or after lunch. At the start, my goal was to skip lunch.”. There were balloons that went here and there. There was a hold that went thin leg. So I thought I had to push the intention and also have a good defense. We played well and pushed the throttle at the right time,” Ashvin said.
Cheteshwar Pujara said he was happy to showcase his variety of shots throughout the series.
“I was really happy with how things went in the second set (in the first test). It was a perfect situation to showcase the shots I was practicing. White ball cricket is very appreciated for Sussex and Saurashtra, it helped to build my confidence,” he added.
Ashwin said he was looking forward to defending the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia on home soil.
Earlier opting to bat first, Bangladesh were grouped for 227 in the opening innings with Mominul Haque (84) being the top scorer. Umesh Yadav (4/25) and Ravichandran Ashwin (4/71) impressed with the ball for India.
India took an 87-point lead in the match and were victorious for 314 points in their first run. Rishabh Pants (93) and Shreyas Iyer (87) sent valuable shots with the bat. Taijul Islam (4/74) and Shakib al Hasan (4/79) were the hosts’ best bowlers.
Bangladesh outdid themselves in their second set, collecting 231 points. Litton Das (73) and Zakir Hasan (51) scored valuable half-centuries, while Nurul Hasan (31) and Taskin Ahmed (31) also scored important points after Bangladesh trailed six for 113.
Axar Patel (3/68) was India’s top bowler. Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj took two wickets. Umesh also got a wicket.
Bangladesh had a 144 point lead in the game and gave India a 145 point goal. India were down 74/7 but Ravichandran Ashwin (42*) and Shreyas Iyer (29*) led India to a seven wicket win.
Ravichandran Ashwin was named player of the match for his game-winning shot in the second set.
Cheteshwar Pujara was chosen as the series player for scoring 192 points in the two tests which included a century and a half.
(With contributions from the agency)


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