Ashwin to Australians: I have the license to take wickets

Melbourne, Jan 28: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday (January 28) said he is not intimidated by the Australian batsmen's strategy of attacking him as he has the ability to handle the onslaught and pick wickets as well.

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"I think it's been a batsmen's tournament, so you've got to stick to your basics and hope that you put the balls in the right place. When I came back I was pretty confident, I had my plans in place and I also had the extra fielder outside the circle, which was a big advantage," said Ashwin ahead of the second T20I here. (Smith reacts to send-off from Kohli)

Ashwin celebrates a wicket during the 1st T20I in Adelaide

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"...if they have a license, I have a license to pick up wickets too. And it's not like their off-spinner has gone very kindly, he's gone for 80 runs in all the games, that's the way the series is.

"It's not about an off-spinner; I think everybody has gone for runs. You can target a bowler or not, it's just a game-plan. And if that is their game-plan I'm more than happy for them to continue doing it. I think I have enough abilities to try and come out on top of it," he explained.

Ashwin returned after a break of three games in Adelaide, and he opened the bowling with Ashish Nehra. Later, he returned to bowl in tandem with Ravindra Jadeja, and helped script India's win with figures of two for 28.

"I think in the first over I bowled well (in Adelaide), there wasn't anything wrong with the way I bowled, it's just that I went for runs. Throughout the ODI series, be it Nathan Lyon or Kane Richardson, they have gone for 70 runs or more than that. So it's about picking up wickets and having the confidence to bowl the good ball again and again," he said.

On whether he felt disappointed after he was left out of the playing XI during the ODI series, Ashwin felt it was not an unfair call.

"The reason I didn't play was because I didn't win a game for India. If India had won, I would have played, as simple as that...the fact that I went for 70 runs, and then went for 60 runs, I had to sit out, and I think it's fair enough because you have to play the right combination. As far as I'm concerned I can just work that bit harder and keep going hard at it," he explained.


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