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Indian senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become downward spiral in One-day cricket, however, skipper Virat Kohli thinks unfair to be decisive of him given the challenges of bowling on flat decks in the format.

Off-spinner Ashwin was smashed by rookie Fakhar Zaman as he conceded 70 runs in 10 wicket-less overs in India’s 180-run loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy final. Ashwin got an only single wicket in three matches 167 runs from 29 overs.

When asked about Ashwin poor performance, whether he needs to revisit his plans, Kohli said “Every spinner has challenges on flat decks and every spinner could go for runs. Especially on wickets like these, where if a batsman gets going, it really becomes difficult for the spinner and people are slogging across the line and getting away with it.”

Kohli explains about the helpless feeling, “You can’t really do much as a spinner because you are making them pay where you want to play, but still, they are executing those shots.”

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According to his Kohli’s plans, every bowler needs to know about the batsman, “It is not humanly possible to not concede boundaries and sixes. You have to understand whether you made the batsman hit where you wanted him to hit and take a risk, or you have bowled a bad ball. I think that’s the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more.”

Talking about the decision taken by him to play two spinners, Kohli said “We created a combination after the loss against Sri Lanka. We didn’t want to be too predictable from there on in the tournament and two spinners together did a good job for us.”

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“I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka. So I have no feelings otherwise about the combination.”

Kohli said that the top three batsmen failed together, “Yeah, it’s always a bad feeling when you got out or the batting doesn’t work collectively, and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way.”

Kohli lamented, “So yeah, I also felt the same kind of emotions, but you know, you have played enough to understand that your job is done, you tried your best, and then you can’t control anything afterwards.”

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On Thursday, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said that if his team think about defending title, it might be extra pressure in the Champion Trophy.

The 30-year-old Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ashwin said to FirstPost, “As far I am concerned handling pressure is all about (taking) one game at a time. If you think too far ahead and try and think (that) you are defending the title, it’s going to be unnecessary, under pressure on you.”

“But as you build up every game and try and gain momentum, you (eventually) become a favourite of the tournament,” he added.

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Ashwin has good performance grabbing 82 wickets and smashed four 40 in 13 Tests against top teams like England, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. This tenth season of the Indian Premier League he could not perform as he took rest to recover from the stress.

Talking about the performance for the Champions Trophy in England, Ashwin said “It’s been going through my head and I have been working on a lot of stuff based on how the game is changing and throwing the pace at you. I might be able to throw something new in this tournament. I am equipped enough to do.”

Also Read: Champions Trophy 2017: New Zealand Skipper Williamson Feels No Room For Error!

Ashwin added, “Hopefully, the two practice games (India play New Zealand on 28 May and Bangladesh on 30 May) will give me an indication on how well I go in the tournament and how well my variations come to the fire.”

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In the Indian Premier League franchise, Ahswin replaced by young off-spinner Washington Sundar for Rising Pune Supergiants, due to recovering from his stress.

Also Read: Virat Kohli Feels His Team Well-Equipped To Defend Champions Trophy

Talking about the young off-spinner Washington, Ashwin said “I think, Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare (trophy) this year. I had heard from a couple of people that he is going pretty well.”

“I had just seen very little of him in the TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League). He has got a good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to the ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.”

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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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