Azhar reveals reason behind Ravichandran Ashwin's purple patch

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New Delhi, Oct 21: After capturing 27-wicket-haul in the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand, a confident Ravichandran Ashwin declared that he can "beat any batsman in the world" at the moment.

Ind-NZ Test series results

With his impressive performance against the Kiwis, the 30-year-old Chennai off-spinner once again ascended to the top in ICC Test rankings.

Ashwin began from where he left during India's tour of West Indies. The all-rounder led the charts with his 235 runs, including two centuries, and 17 wickets, comprising two five-wicket hauls, that earned him the man-of-the-match award in the Caribbean islands.

Ashwin is a decent batsman, especially when he bats against Windies, but it was his wicket-taking ability in the Caribbean and later at home against the Kiwis which cemented his authority.

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The tall bowler impressed the greats like Muttiah Muralitharan and Sunil Gavaskar with his performance against New Zealand. 

Talking to India Today, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin also lauded the right-handed-spinner's patience and skill which is earning him rich dividends.

Decoding the exact reason behind Ashwin's success in the Tests, Azhar opined that the former's tendency of not trying 'too much' is helping him (Ashwin) the most.

Azhar was quoted in the report as saying, "I think from the last World Cup, Ashwin's bowling has totally changed. He is bowling a good line and length."

"He is not trying too much and bowling well within himself. Once you start bowling well within yourself, you would try and bowl better, think better and I think the way he has performed over the last year, in the previous series also, I think he will go on to win many more matches for India and hopefully perform on pitches where spin is not very conducive," the former Hyderabad batsman further added.

The legendary India captain also praised Test skipper Virat Kohli for his batting skills. Azhar also felt that upcoming Test series against England is going to be a challenging one for 'Kohli- The Run Machine'.

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