Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav’s partnership here yesterday that boosted the Indian total past the 450-mark wasn’t exactly the first time the duo had got together on a cricket ground. This was something Ashwin himself revealed at the end of the second day’s play in the second Test, a day dominated by the Indians, the off-spinning duo in particular.
“Jayant and me go back a long way, actually. Two-three years ago, he came down to Chennai and stayed near my house for about two weeks. He practised with me and I know the boy really well. He is someone who can really understand what I say and we have a very, very good rapport,” said Ashwin, letting out a nice, happy little secret which also tells the tale of how seriously Jayant takes his cricket.
Naturally, Ashwin was delighted for India’s latest Test debutant. “I felt really happy for him (Jayant), the way he came out and batted positively. His body language was great. Every bit of communication between us was auguring into the partnership getting deeper, so I kind of enjoyed it. I’m very happy for him to have got his first wicket as well,”
The world’s number one allrounder preferred to be modest when the question of his own batting came up, someone even comparing him, in a lighter vein, with VVS Laxman and his ability to bat with the tail.
“I just hope the comparison ends there,” he replied. “I am quite enjoying my batting, tried staying a little positive. Ever since England toured here last, I have been batting well against them, so that's a psychological advantage you carry into a game when I play against them.
“Obviously, I worked on a few things which worked in the West Indies. It is working out really well and I am enjoying my batting to be really honest,” said Ashwin. So are his fans.
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