When Ravichandran Ashwin made his Test debut, he had two great batsmen in front of him. Ashwin faced good and bad results in facing both.
Ricky Ponting had scored 148 runs in the 2011/12 series against Ashwin, facing 256 balls without an outing. At the same time, he performed well against Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara. Ashwin had outgained Sangakkara four times in a series giving away just 23 runs.
Talking about the early challenge of his career, Ashwin said- I think I played very little against Ricky Ponting. I remember clearly that his catch in the Adelaide Test was missed twice. He scored a few runs in the Sydney Test but I bowled very little against him in Melbourne.
The 33-year-old bowler, referring to Ricky Ponting, said – I was a new player at that time. I feel really proud when someone plays me really well. At such times I try to counter them. This is international cricket. When you do well, you learn, when you don’t do well, you learn hard.
Ashwin said – I always felt that Ricky Ponting is a great, great batsman. I also thought that he would play quite well. Because when we were in Australia, there was no pressure on them. I was new then. I was learning to play.
Then the ball was coming like a dream, I didn’t need to think anything. My action and rhythm movements were like poetry.
He got some good balls. Bowling against a left-handed batsman is like a dream for me. When i saw If I am a left-handed batsman, I have not seen who he is. I only bowled.
Ashwin said – I loved bowling in Sri Lanka, the pitches don’t rotate too much but they have enough bounce and speed to slip the edges. They say the right time at the right place. Sangakkara was about to finish his career and I was about to withdraw from my career, I found myself against Sanga at the right time of my career.