Aus got a bit too many runs, says Ashwin

Aus got a bit too many runs, says Ashwin

R Ashwin admitted that India allowed the Australian tail to wag a bit too long on the second day of the third Test here on Saturday.

“We wanted to get them out pretty early,” said Ashwin after the day’s play. “That was the plan but unfortunately (Steven) Smith batted very well. They got a bit too many runs for our liking. But if you look at the overall game, the score is pretty par. The wicket seems slow and it is pretty flat. We’ll take 110 for 1 and we’ll like to pile on the runs tomorrow,” he remarked.

Ashwin felt the hosts got away only in the last 30-40 minutes of their innings. “Not until the last half an hour or 40 minutes when Steve Smith teed off a bit,” he pointed out. “We were pretty much ready for it, so we thought we need to delay the run-scoring. There was not a lot of lateral movement for us to exploit. We had plans in place to make sure Smith didn’t get away, but as it turned out he batted really well,” he reasoned.

The off-spinner admitted that this was the best (3/134) he had bowled in an away match. “The last two days have been quite hard work for me,” he said. “I have put in a real honest effort. Put in whatever I have worked on to practice. I have been really disciplined with my skills. There have been better spells in patches, but this is probably the best overall performance,” he offered.

Ashwin said he wasn’t disappointed with getting to bowl late in the first session. “I am not the one to stand next to (MS Dhoni in) slips and ask him for a bowl,” he pointed out. “The idea was to exploit the new ball as much as possible. This is what I think. I hope it stays that way. I thought if we had a breakthrough, I would come in handy against (Mitchell) Johnson. I was prepared with my plans in place. I was pretty clear with what I was going to do.”

Ashwin had dried up runs at one end on Friday that helped the pacers to attack and grab a few wickets. On Saturday, however, the pacers sprayed all over to leak plenty of runs that reduced Ashwin’s effect.

“It’s too far-fetched for me to think along those lines,” said Ashwin when asked if the performance from the other end hindered him. “I can only think of what best I can offer to the team. At the end of the day you can’t point a finger at anybody else that he went wrong and all that. It is a team game and I will believe until the end it is a team game.”

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