India off-spin specialist Ravichandran Ashwin spoke about India captain Virat Kohli on Monday (5 February) and said how his winning mentality has managed to influence every single player on the team. Speaking to the media after Tamil Nadu’s opening Group ‘C’ clash against Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ravichandran Ashwin claimed that Virat Kohli had entered the list of the greatest captains in cricket history.
As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, Ravichandran Ashwin told the reporters,
“He (Virat Kohli) is someone who will go for a win come what may. He does not have a negative bone in his body, he always talks about a win, never about saving situations, we’re always moving ahead. It is good because the players know what is required from them. It gives an amazing amount of intensity to the team.”
South Africa series is Virat Kohli’s first overseas project as a full-time captain
“This is his first series overseas as a full-time captain. I am sure all the best captains in the past too have a set of home games. He (Kohli) is already on par with most of the greatest captains that have played the game. It is best that we give credit to him.”
Ravichandran Ashwin feels he could have bowled better in Test series
Ravichandran Ashwin spoke about the recently-concluded India-South Africa three-match Test series, which India lost 2-1, and said that although Ashwin was satisfied with his batting performance, he knew he could have done more in the bowling department. He said,
“On a personal account, I would say I batted beautifully through the first two Test matches. If I had just held myself when the second new ball was taken I could have made a massive difference. I felt a little disappointment for that. But in general that was my role in the game, I had to counter-attack and I felt that way.”
“As an individual who went into that series, whatever I wanted to achieve I did achieve. Probably a few wickets lesser than I would have ideally liked. A few dropped catches, which is part of the game.”
India & South Africa Test series was closely fought
Ravichandran Ashwin also felt that the series was closely fought despite the result going 2-1 in favour of the hosts. The 31-year-old Tamil Nadu cricketer said,
“I feel the series was very very close and it was on the line. In fact, even at Cape Town and Centurion till the last ball was bowled we probably were in the game. Probably, Centurion a little bit earlier.”
“I thought we played really good cricket. On both the occasions, if we had won the toss it would have made a massive difference. As a team we really played well in South Africa. It gives us a lot of impetus going into the England series.”
In conclusion, Ravichandran Ashwin hailed the fashion in which India fought hard and bounced back to win the last Test of the series, avoiding a white-wash by the Proteas. He said that the last Test match win was well-deserved for India.