“He was a hard taskmaster but had good intent for every player” : Ravichandran Ashwin on former coach

There is no doubt about the class of Ravichandran Ashwin. The spinner over the years has been instrumental in making India formidable, especially in the home conditions where Team India has hammered some of the best playing eleven. The off-spinner recently revealed the rigorous training under his childhood coach who shaped his career.

The former spinner revealed about former coach Raman who left no stone unturned in insisting to bowl in a manner so that the ball goes over the stumps.

“If you didn’t throw the ball at the top of the stumps, he would just have a go at you. This kept happening for 10 days, 12 days, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and we got a little comfortable. He used to prod me at the net, I used to question him and I didn’t really have fear speaking in the team meeting.” Ashwin said about the former coach

The off-spinner said that his former coach Raman was no less than a ‘hard taskmaster’ but his intent was good for every player so that they don’t get questioned about getting the basics right once they get into the Indian team.

‘One day, he just took me to the side and said, ‘Ashwin, you’ve just come into the side. I appreciate you speaking in the team meetings, but you also need to understand why we say certain things. We say it with the intent to make sure that once you go to the Indian team, you are not found wanting with your basics’.

The off-spinner has amassed 442 wickets and has become the second-highest wicket-taker for India when he surpassed Kapil Dev’s record in the recently concluded India-SriLanka series. Legendary player Sunil Gavaskar believes that the off-spinner will surpass Anil Kumble in the coming years to become India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests.

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