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Jayant Yadav was in awe of his senior pro Ravichandran Ashwin after Day 3 of 2nd Test vs England AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin has played a big role in grooming Jayant Yadav and the debutant profusely thanked India‘s star spinner for his impressive debut in the second Test of the five-match series against England. Earlier, Yadav became the 8th Indian to debut on the same venue, i.e. in Visakhapatnam, both in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs), debuting against New Zealand in ODIs. He has, so far, made handy contributions with both bat and ball. Yadav scored 35 in first innings and picked up a wicket in England’s first innings score of 255. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

Recalling his association with Ashwin since 2014, Yadav stated, “We met through (India bowling coach) Eric Simmons. He was preparing for his England tour and very sweet of him to help me as I was just playing Ranji Trophy 2014-15 that time. It’s a very proud moment for any cricketer. As you graduate from U-17, U-19 and Ranji Trophy, Test cricket is the topmost level. The first day in the dressing room helped”.

“Just to see how he prepares and to get some inputs from him was quite special. We stayed in touch, we have a good rapport and a good friendship going on. He talks a lot of sense about bowling. He did not give me a lot of technical inputs but he told me to bowl different lines to different batsmen and to be consistent. He also told me a few things so that my length goes up,” claimed the debutant.

Asked about Ashwin’s deceptive drift, the 26-year-old replied, “A lot of things fall into place for that drift to happen. Ash is bowling beautifully like a dream. You have to work on it. It does not come overnight. You have to put a lot of effort into it. A lot of technical things also go into it.”