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Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets before stumps on Day 2 AFP

A livid Ravichandran Ashwin asked media to stop criticising the slow and spin-suited Indian pitches, saying he is fed up answering the often repeated queries. England were struggling at 103 for 5 in response to India‘s first innings total of 455 on Day Two of the second Test at Vishakapatnam. Ashwin again stood for India with the bat with a composed fifty to take them to 455 before turning the heat with the red leather later in the day to leave England 352 runs behind India’s total, with just 5 wickets intact. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

“I dont know why these jibes come back at us. Honestly it looks like a jibe (from) where you are looking at Indian wickets. It does honestly. You guys watch the game through the day and pitch is something you can definitely assess better than we do,” said an agitated Ashwin.

“Honestly one day I would like to walk into a press conference and stop answering questions on the pitch because that’s as good as Indian pitch one can get,” said the offie. Ashwin, who claimed two wickets, including the prized scalp of Joe Root (53), said the pitch was of his liking. “I was able to get the ball hang in the air also drift onto the batsmen and kind of straighten it from the stump line. I enjoyed it. The wicket can deteriorate over a period of time. This is only going to get tougher to bat.”

Earlier in the day, Ashwin put up a stellar show with the bat scoring a crucial half-century. Aswhin, who also has two Test centuries in 2016, averages 46.60 from nine matches. “I am enjoying batting. I tried to stay a little more positive. I have contributed heavily in last four-five months. There are some attacks where you feel confident going out there and batting. I have high benchmarks. I am always compared against what I have performed in the past. It’s a good thing to have. I compete with myself”, quoted the star all-rounder and also had a special mention for debutant Jayant Yadav. He also revealed that he shares a special rapport with the 26-year-old off-spinner. ALSO READ: India vs England 2nd Test, Day 2, Highlights

“Me and Jayant go a long way back. Two three years he had come to Chennai and he was staying in my house for about two weeks. He practised with me. I know the boy really well. He is someone who can really understand what I say. We have a really good rapport. I felt really happy for him, the way he batted positively. Every bit of communication between us was auguring into the partnership getting deeper”, concluded the off-spinner.