Team India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is gearing up for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He expressed that he is excited about the four-match Test series, starting on Thursday, February 9 at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. The spot in the finals of the World Test Championship will be on the line for the hosts in the series.
Ravichandran Ashwin will be coming into the series with confidence, as he played a vital role for Team India on the recent tour of Bangladesh. He contributed with both the bat and the ball, finishing the two-match series with 112 runs and seven wickets. Team India won the test series by 2-0. Speaking about the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that he has begun his training.
In an interview with the New Indian Express, the veteran spinner said,
“I have started my training. I have been dreaming (about the series) and I’ve been doing some yoga. I’ve been religiously doing yoga over the last year or so. I think it’s just helped me feel much better. (As for the skills) I’ve definitely put in a lot of work on my batting. My batting has really been upscale over the last 18 months or so. I put in a lot of work whenever a home series happens.”
Ravichandran Ashwin further stated that he would like to work on new bowling angles in the upcoming series. He said,
“I’m expecting (Ravindra) Jadeja to come through (be fit in time) but I like expanding more angles. I got some things in my head. I’ve been watching Australia play in Australia. I’d like to be working on some different angles, something new.”
It is always exciting, expect a lot of intensity: Ravichandran Ashwin on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Team India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the historic 2020-21 tour of Australia. They also won the last Test series against the Aussies in India, in 2017. Ravichandran Ashwin expressed that he expects another high-voltage, high-intensity encounter. He added that he is looking forward to the series. The Indian spinner said,
“Whenever Australia tour (India), they have always done well, even the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy (2017), in my opinion, was one of the best series that we played. And we also went back there and again managed to retain the trophy. It is always exciting. I don’t expect anything less than high-voltage cricket. And I expect a lot of intensity. Australia and England are the best-prepared teams that come to India and Australia takes it one notch higher. I’m really looking forward to an exciting series.”