Ravichandran Ashwin reflected on the thrilling tie in Auckland and mentioned that the match would have been the turnaround that India would have hoped for and expected the team to kick on from here.


The Indian Off-Spinner admitted to not being at his best in terms of his own form but was upbeat about the team’s performances so far after India nearly chased down two big totals in back-to-back games.


“There was a bit of rain around here for the second ODI. The ball was sticking around more than other places. By far Auckland has been the best batting wicket, along with Napier. Hamilton was a little bit slow, but we do not expect it to be slow this time,” Ashwin said, of his team’s expectations for the upcoming ODI.


Ashwin added “We have just not been at the best of our games, yet they have all been very close. In Hamilton we were struggling, we were up against it, the D/L method did not help us but we still managed to pull off a game that was quite close.


“We have been fighting hard till the end and things have not gone our way. That is the best point we can take forward from this in terms of saying we have not struck our best game yet,” he signed off.