Ravichandran Ashwin, despite his eight-wicket spree with the ball and 106 runs with the bat, said on Tuesday that he “felt blank” in the match against England, as captain Virat Kohli turned interviewer, posing questions towards the off-spinner. Ashwin’s answer certainly reflected his in-form performance, as the hometown hero played fearless cricket, striking off any doubts whatsoever with regard to his selection in the upcoming Tests.
Picking up wickets in quick succession, Ashwin played a critical role in stunting the England innings at 164 runs and making India succeed in scoring a big, 317 run victory over the visitors.
In response to Kohli’s question regarding Ashwin’s thoughts about his own ‘collective performance’ that paid off in front of his family and a familiar crowd, the off-spinner, characteristically, replied that he feels ‘blank’.
“I don’t know, for the first time in my career I feel blank. When I went out to bat yesterday, I was blank when I came and asked you ‘Can I start sweeping, can I sweep?’ So, that’s exactly how I feel. Zero feelings or emotions inside”, Ashwin said.
After seemingly bringing down the house on Tuesday with his fifth Test century, Ashwin’s statistics got further bolstered with the addition of a total eight wickets.
The spinner now stands six wickets short of the 400 Test wicket mark, having played 76 Test matches so far.