Ravichandran Ashwin knows his abilities and backs them strongly, feels Harbhajan Singh

Ravichandran Ashwin captured ten wickets or more for the second time in Test cricket © PTI

Chennai: Feb 25, 2013

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed his second 10-wicket haul in a Test match during the opening tie against Australia at Chennai, knows his abilities well and backs them strongly, feels Harbhajan Singh.

“He bowled really well in this game. What I learnt from him was that he bowled a little quicker through the air and hence denied the batsman the time to think,” Harbhajan told bcci.tv

“With a fuller line and quick pace he had the batsman in two minds. That was exactly our plan in the second innings and he executed that very well. Every day you learn something from this game,” he added.

Harbhajan heaped praise on Ashwin, who is India’s leading wicket-taker in the opening Test.

“He’s a very intelligent boy. He understands his game, knows his abilities and backs them strongly. He’s someone who tries till the very last ball, which is a great sign. I wish him all the luck and hope he continues to do well for India,” he said.

Ashwin registered a five-wicket haul on Day Four to help India inch closer to win.

According to PTI, for the second time in his brief Test career, Ashwin (12 for 193) has captured ten wickets or more – his best figures are 12 for 85 against New Zealand at Hyderabad last year.

Ashwin has produced seven instances of five wickets or more in Tests – twice against Australia, all on Indian soil. He has bagged five wickets or more in each innings of a Test match only for the second time – the first occasion being against New Zealand at Hyderabad last year – 6- 31 and 6-a54. The only Indian bowler to complete 75 wickets in only 13 Tests is Ashwin.