“When I was in Australia, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith were…” – Ravichandran Ashwin reveals the secret behind his preparations against opposing batsmen.

Ravichandran Ashwin at Dharamshala for a press conference

Ravichandran Ashwin never shies away from thinking outside the box to gain an edge on the cricket field. Known for his cricketing acumen, the India Test spearhead comes up with an innovative idea every now and then to excel on the field.

And now he has revealed the extent to which he will win his battles in the games. In an interaction with former India captain Anil Kumble on JioCinema, Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that he befriends journalists to secure net session footage of rival batsmen.

He revealed that he used the ploy when he toured Australia for the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The Tamil Nadu ace said getting the footage of the net session not only helps him prepare to deal with the batsmen but also gives him a psychological advantage over them.

“Sometimes I make friends with journalists and get behind-the-scenes footage when batsmen practice in the nets. When I went to Australia, there were times when Marnus and Smith used their feet and went back to the nets.

“It really works because I feel that human beings are very insecure. The moment they know you have them, you are winning half the battle,” said Ravichandran Ashwin.

“I feel like the England and Australian batsmen bat against spin a lot better than some of ours at times because they know this is a very difficult challenge, so all year round they end up preparing to play spin, like we prepare.” to play seam and rebound,” he said. aggregate.

Ravichandran Ashwin enjoyed a good performance in Australia in the 2020/21 season. He finished the series as India’s second highest wicket-taker. In 3 games, the veteran spinner picked up 12 wickets as India registered a famous 2-1 series win.

Ravichandran Ashwin joins 500 Club:

Ravichandran Ashwin recently added another feather to his already illustrious cap. He got his 500th Test wicket during the third Test against England in Rajkot last month. The right-arm spinner became the fastest and second-fastest Indian overall on 500 Test wickets. Among active cricketers, he is one of only three bowlers to have taken 500 wickets in Tests.

In the ongoing series against England, he has taken 17 wickets in four Tests so far and will look to end the series on a high. The fifth and final match of the series is scheduled to be played on March 7 in Dharamshala.