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ICC World T20 2014: Ravichandran Ashwin says semi-final against South Africa ‘anybody’s game’

India have won all four matches in the ongoing ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images
India have won all four matches in the ongoing ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images

Mirpur: Apr 3, 2014

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that winning all four-matches in the group stage at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium will give India some edge but admits that the semi-final against South Africa can be anybody’s game.

On the eve of Friday’s semi-final, Ashwin, Man of the Match in the last two Indian wins, said whoever plays well will win the match.

“We know what to expect from this ground and the pitch but, of course, when it comes down to the semi-final, it’s anybody’s game,” said Ashwin.

“Whoever plays well on that particular day will have the advantage. But yes, we do hold an edge, having played so many games here. We know what to expect,” he added.

Ashwin said the reason behind his and leggie Amit Mishra‘s success in the Twenty20 league is because they are not afraid of giving enough ball to the air.

“Once you’ve planned what you’re going to do at the top of your mark, it’s very hard to change unless you pause at the end. In terms of variation of pace, you need a lot of guts. If you’re at the top of your game, you can land the ball exactly where you want it to land. But apart from that, to actually slow the ball down when the batsman’s going after you is a key component of this particular game, for which you need quite a lot of guts,” he emphasised.

Ashwin said that in Twenty20 it needs a lot of guts for the bowlers to come back strongly after being hit for a six.

“And if you’ve gone for a six, it requires even more guts to come back the next ball. Those are the key components of a winning game, as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

Asked if he was comfortable bowling with the new ball, Ashwin said: “It’s not about what I’m doing or where I’m given the ball. I’ve been playing alongside Mahi [Mahendra Singh Dhoni] for some time, and he probably knows where to use me and where not to use me.”

Ashwin said he was always open to bowling in any situation.

“So for me it doesn’t make any difference. In the last two or three months, I feel that I’m probably at the top of my bowling game. When I reach that phase, I pretty much don’t practise at all. That’s a phase I’m in right now. The ball is landing exactly where I want it to,” he said.

Ashwin also said there was no competition between him and Mishra.

“To be really honest, I’ve never bothered about who’s behind my shoulder. That’s not how I play my cricket. I believe in improving every day, and I don’t say it just for the sake of it. Unless you don’t keep improving, you’re not going to last the distance. You lose out. It’s pretty much like a business model, that’s how I view it. Somebody’s behind my shoulder? They can stay there. I’ll just keep doing what I do best,” he said.

Ashwin also warned that South African spinners Imran Tahir, JP Duminy and possibly Aaron Phangiso cannot be taken lightly.

“When it comes to international cricket, there’s a very small margin between the quality of spinners. Everybody’s bound to have a certain amount of quality in them,” he said.

“It’s all about the mental makeup of the spinner and what amount of guts he has in that particular scenario. It’ll be handling pressure that makes the difference, because Imran Tahir has been in top form. And I expect Phangiso to play. When that happens, you’re pretty much evened out in the amount of spinners both teams will play. It comes down to how well your spinners handle it,” he said.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

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Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

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