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World’s No.1 Test all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin recently made a record by taking fastest 250 wickets. Now his eyes to touch the Anil Kumble’s record which is 619 wickets in the Test match.

Ashwin said about his dedication to the country, “I have played a significant part in every single Indian victory ever since I started playing for the country. I am not saying it in a tone of arrogance or cockiness. That’s what I have strived hard to achieve. I want to be the decisive factor wherever I go. Once I become the best beggar in the city, I would want to be the best in the country and so forth. I am happy the way I am.”

On Thursday when Ashwin asked about his plan for the upcoming four-match Test series, he said, “I’m going to look at the series as a 20-day program. I will try to get through the 20 days. My injury concerns have been a bit of an issue. It was on the back of my mind in the last two series. Against New Zealand and England, I could perform only 60-70 percent of my potential.”

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“I’m trying to get better and put more strength on my body. Sports Hernia is something that can’t be managed easily. It’s been a big challenge for me. It takes a lot of time to warm up these days. For me, trying to phase out the 20 days is very important. I will get there in the most effective manner.”

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Before the practice match, David Warner said that he had a different game plan for Ashwin.

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By following that topic, Ashwin replied, “Honestly, I don’t have any plans for him. Aussies are all fine players. Steve Smith is going to be the most important player for them. Test cricket is not like T20 or one-day where you come up with a single plan and succeed in executing it. You have to try and restore balance and intensity over a five-day period. Warner is a massive player, and he can change games around in a session.”

“But, he can’t come and play on the fourth day as he does on the first. I think we have got enough resolve to stop him. Test cricket is not just delivering one decisive blow on that particular day. It’s going to be a long-haul challenge and how well one starts is going to dictate the series,” he added.

Few year ago, Muttiah Muralitharan called as Don Bradman by Steve Waugh, and three days ago he gave that title to Ashwin. When he asked about for it, he replied, “In reality, that’s not something I am looking at. It’s a massive achievement to go anywhere near Murali’s tally of 800 wickets.”

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“If I get there, it would be like surpassing my human limit. I started playing Tests a bit late, and I have always fought against the odds. And, I don’t think I would want to extend one wicket more than what Anil Kumble (619) achieved. That’s a matter of honor,” he added.

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Australian leg-spin bowler and right-handed batsman Adam Zampa, who look at a place in the national cricket team for the four-Test tour to India, has exposed that World No. 1 Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin wants to keep the secrets of his skill under wraps.

The 24-years-old Zampa, who shared in the dressing room with leg-spin bowler Ashwin and his national team captain Steve Smith during last year’s in (IPL) Indian Premier League for the Rising Pune Supergiants, he said that the Chennai off-spinner bowled only leg spin to Smith at the nets.

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When asked by cricket.com.au, he said “I think the way Ashwin bowled in the nets; you ask someone like Smithy (Smith) or guys that you can tell he’s going to come up against in international cricket. I think there was one net session to Smithy where he just bowled leggies for an hour.”

The Australian leg-spin bowler and right-handed batsman added that “I don’t think he (Ashwin) wants to give too much away.”

Adam has often compared with the famous former leg-spinner of the Indian team and new Indian coach Anil Kumble for bowling quicker through the air instead of relying on spin and guile, he said.

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“I know a lot of people say ‘he doesn’t spin the ball enough’ and all that junk. I don’t really see a different it the ball goes under the bat, over the bat or next to the bat. People have a lot of criticism on that side of my game, but there are other ways of taking a wicket than being a big spinner of the ball,” he added.

“A lot of people have been talking about my first-class statistics and all those things, but if I was given the opportunity, the way I bowled in Sir Lanka particularly and I know it’s Twenty20 cricket but during the IPL, the respect I’ve gained from those countries and the players now I think I would suit that role.”

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The right-handed batsman and right –arm off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin copped criticism from many fans of MS Dhoni in the country since he missed to mention the name of former Indian skipper on Twitter.  Although, thanking his family, trainer Shankar Basu, coach Anil Kumble, captain Virat Kohli, former Team India bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar after bagging two top ICC awards last December.

But, on Friday the 30-years-old released upon his former Chennai Super Kings and India skipper Dhoni, who stepped down from captaincy on Wednesday. He recognized that it would be a “Herculean task” to emulate Dhoni’s feats.

Ashwin said that “MSD has had an illustrious career as a captain. There are a lot of leadership lessons even for big leaders out there. But it’s an individual’s decision. There is nothing I can comment about it. It’s his call and we have to respect it. It will definitely be a herculean task for someone to achieve what Dhoni has done.”

When he asked if anyone else will be able to take forward Indian cricket the way Dhoni did? Ashwin quickly said that “Kohli is no way lesser in captaincy and his record in Tests last year has been very good.”

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He described and said that “Earlier, Sourav Ganguly began a fighting spirit phase in early 2000s. MSD also came from that phase to a certain extent. And after that, there were talks that no one could achieve that. These are emotional talks and it happens when such illustrious names leave. We are an emotional country.”

“I feel the questions of will there be anyone to take forward (lead) Indian team in itself is wrong. Definitely someone will emerge. Kohli is no way lesser in captaincy and his records in Test the last year have been very good. I’m sure MSD has seen those as well and decided to pass the baton on.”

When Dhoni stepped down the captaincy of Indian cricket team, Ashwin tweeted “The champion’s trophy (2013) last over discussion before and during the over will always remain etched in my memory. Great victories with #msdhoni.”

Remembering about the conversation between Dhoni and himself further on final over in the summit clash against England, the 30-years-old batsman and bowler said that “I think we needed to keep one more fielder inside during the last over. There was a discussion on which fielder had to come in, I told MSD, there is no point in thinking about it. First I need to ensure the ball lands properly (laughs).’ Whatever fields I set that day, it worked.”

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“The communications and conversations throughout the game.. the kind of feeling we had after the match was unbelievable. That has to be one of the highest points of my life.”

The batsman and right-arm off break bowler said that leading all three set-ups will be a “challenging” task for Kohli, “I think it’s going to be a challenging task for anybody. As a playing group we have got a reasonably senior one; we will definitely have to pitch in and help him out.”

“He is someone who looks out for suggestions; he is someone who is looking to make game plans well ahead. It’s going to be an exciting phase. We will have hard and testing times but looking forward to it,”

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