Ravichandran Ashwin, personally is having a good series as a bowler © Getty Images
Ravichandran Ashwin, personally is having a good series as a bowler © Getty Images

Dhaka: Ravichandran Ashwin is known for his tongue-in-cheek replies and today was no different when he was asked how to counter Bangladesh‘s ‘Wonderkid’ Mustafizur Rahman, who has taken 11 wickets to contribute significantly to his team’s first-ever bilateral series win against India. READ: Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin come out in support of MS Dhoni

“There isn’t a counter as such. I mean what can we do? Can we kidnap him [Mustafizur]? See it is not a media news. It’s international cricket. Everybody is a professional to analysis what needs to be done,” said Ashwin tersely, when asked about how to counter Mustafizur. He did praise Mustafizur’s variations. READ: Ravichandran Ashwin: We will try and avoid a ‘Banglawash’

“He [Mustafizur] does bowl a good cutter, which is something we have to watch out for. We have to give him the respect as well. Respect is what is important in international cricket.” READ: Unfair to blame Dhoni, Indian team failed as a group: Ashwin

That he was not happy with too many questions on Mustafizur was evident when someone questioned if the left-arm seamer is a first of its kind that Indians are facing which has created problems for them. READ: MS Dhoni should continue till 2016 ICC World T20: Chetan Chauhan

Ashwin’s rebuttal was a firm one. “No sir, honestly it’s not like that. I am not looking to snub or anything. He is a good bowler, you cannot deny what he has done or take the respect away from him. I am also happy for him. But I think the challenge starts here for him. As an international cricketer I would know it much better than anybody else. Now, people are going to watch out for him.”

When the same question was asked differently if debutants tend to trouble Indian batsmen, Ashwin did not forget to mention that a lot of those debutants have faded into oblivion.

“I can answer that cheekily but I don’t want to do it. Honestly, I think they are good bowlers. Ajantha Mendis, Mustafizur, Taskin. All these guys are good bowlers. You have got to give it to them. Some of them have fallen off the radar, but when these bowlers come on it’s always about a surprise element.”