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India had started on the tour of England for an all-format cricketing chapter. While India won the opening three-match T20I series, England bounced back and won the subsequent three-match ODI series. The best was saved for the last, as both the teams will take on each other in the ultimate test of cricket, i.e. the five-match Test series, starting from August 1. The Day 1 of the 1st Test ended on a positive note for Team India, where they routed the England batting lineup with the scoreline – 285/9, in which India’s ace-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin played the lead role by taking 4 wickets, stirring up latest cricket news.
While Shami took two wickets (Keaton Jennings at 42 and Dawid Malan on 8), Umesh Yadav dismissed an in-form Jonny Bairstow on 70, and Ishant Sharma also landed in live cricket news when he dismissed Adil Rashid on 13. However, taking up the spotlight in cricket live news was Ravichandran Ashwin, who ran through the England batting order and claimed four crucial wickets (Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Stuart Broad).
Cricket live news: Ashwin learnt during his County stint that he needed to put pace to his spin-bowling
Speaking in an interview with India bowling coach Bharat Arun, about the process in which he tweaked his bowling style to come good in the ongoing Test series, Ashwin gave some headlines for latest cricket news as his conversation was packed with insights about how playing county cricket in England and club cricket in India had helped the off-spinner get in the right frame of mind. As reported in India cricket news today by BCCI, Ashwin said,
“Especially when I came here for the County stint last year, the one thing I realised was the speed with which the spinners had to bowl here. The wickets are extremely slow even on the first day. You can have a bit of bounce but if the pace is not right, the batsmen get enough time to play the same ball on the front and the back foot. So, that’s something I realised very quickly when I came here.”
Ashwin said that in the run-up to the crucial Test series in England, he had spent a good amount of time in simplifying his action in order to put more of body into his action and make the ball spin more in the air. As reported in India cricket news today, Ashwin told Bharat Arun,
“Even in the last 12-18 months, I have spent a lot of time playing club cricket back home. I’ve been working on simplifying my action a bit. Make sure I get more body into my action and hence, try and create something in the air, and that’s what I did and it worked really well.”
Ashwin, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun and head coach Ravi Shastri had been talking about how the off-spinner needed to take the “wicket out of the equation” and focus more on how the ball is released into the air. Ashwin spoke about how the modern-day batsmen enjoy batting on slower wickets, and so, when he wanted to work on the release of the ball, his body didn’t support him completely. Saying that sometimes “you’re just a touch short or a touch full”, Ashwin said that simplifying his “action was very important”.
Ashwin took 4 wickets on Day 1 of the Test match against England, starting with Alastair Cook, whom he dismissed with a peach of a delivery when the England opener was on 13 runs. India’s bowling attack picked up thereafter, when Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma attacking the batsmen relentlessly at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.
England will continue with just one wicket in hand on Day 2 (August 2) and Team India seem to be in the driving seat. It will now depend on the England bowlers and Indian batsmen to take the game in their favour from here on.
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