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Conversing with Ravichandran Ashwin, Rajdeep Sardesai factually regarded Ashwin as the central figure behind the staggering comeback after the deplorable defeat in Adelaide in the first test match between AUS vs IND played in december 2020. Ashwin was explictly asked if this is the best phase for Indian cricket, he replied "I'm actually sort of blank to say that this is the best phase team has gone through or even myself for that matter."
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"What happened in the last few months is truly remarkable and to put a one finger on or reflect it is scary for me to say the least because I cannot imagine the magnitude or gravity it has on the people, it's still taking time to sink in. I'm totally humbled and blessed to have gone through such a phase in my career. I reckon i have played with some of the greatest cricketers india has ever seen. I'd like to cherish those moments."
The AUS vs IND series following IND vs ENG were extremely anticipated clashes not only for the sake of classic rivarly but from the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final standpoint. After the regrattable collapse for 36 runs in the first game of the four test match series, the Indian Cricket Team fraternity was crestfallen and with the sense of India's chief's exit, fans were implicitly counting the Indian team out of the race. Ashwin expressed discontent with the fans reaction after the distressing Adelaide defeat.
Rajdeep Sardesai aplombly mentioned how the community has fallen in the superstar culture and cricket is more than just about the foremost player of the team and even after Virat Kohli's predetermined exit, the team under Rahane's leadership made an astounding comeback leveling the series 1-1 before heading to Sydney.
He further asked what mindset led India to hold up and truncate the opposition, Ashwin replied, "Inside we could be harsh critics, but even if the harsh critic that I am I couldn't find lot of reasons to be disappointed after that loss(speaking about Adelaide 36 all out) That sort of balance and tilted the equilibrium in our favor."
Speaking about the unforgettable Syndey test draw, Ashwin mentioned it as "tunnel vision I had to undergo" especially with a shattered back. Ashwin earlier few months ago said, And it was du Plessis, who was on his mind when he went to sleep on Sunday night, with India 309 runs adrift of the target. "If you talk about premonitions, from last night when I went to bed with a sore back, I was just telling myself that: if I can just keep dead batting everything like how Faf du Plessis did at Adelaide, I can give myself a good chance."
Vihari and Ashwin's unflinching gritty 42.4 over drill against arguably the finest bowling trio today. Ashwin added, "I've never been in that zone and I'm not sure I ever will be. One freakish day I had."
Talking about Ashwin's fantastic ton on day three of second test in his hometown, the bowling all rounder said it was special. He saw a 18 second clip of crowd going berserk and chanting "Ashwin, ashwin" that pretty much to him was reminiscent to Sachin chants that he witnessed. He said "I teared up watching the clip, I usually don't tear up but it was amazing. My wife also teared up."
Rajdeep Sardesai had a little fun with Ashwin where he nonchalantly criticized his unproductive DRS claims. Ashwin chuckled and said "Pant is letting me down lately and I think Pant & I had to sit for crash courses for DRS."
New Zealand will take on India in the final of Inaugural ICC World Test Championship which will take place at Rose Bowl, Southampton on June 18 later this year.