India’s specialist spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continues with his good form in the Test arena. The right-arm off-spinner was belligerent against the Proteas batting line-up as he picked up 8 wickets in the 1st Test match at Visakhapatnam. R Ashwin revealed his methodology of preparations before the Test series sets in. He told a local news outlet that he watches the videos of his rival batsmen before the match and keep their records about how they deal with spinners.
"If it is a six-ball period, I would go towards the good length area, prodding there, looking for their inside and outside edge, open the gate for bowled. This how generally the off-spinners operate. I concentrate on the stumps for a period of time and then go wider, shoulders do not open, slip into play, shoulder opens up and the ball spins, it brings the short leg into play. Once the shoulder opens, not all the strokes will be under control, catching mid-wicket, short mid-wicket will be in play, short leg”, the right-arm spinner said.
"Once a batsman is scared of his pads, the bat starts going in a funny fashion, at an angle. These are things I work on. When the batsmen start changing their strategies, that's when I start winning," he further added. Ashwin has been a great servant of the Indian cricket team especially in the Test matches. He has played a key role in propelling India to a top-notch position in the longest format of the game.