Even when body is not responding, joy of bowling, love for my art keeps me going: Ashwin

CHENNAI: Turning one’s arm for nearly 73 overs on a bowler’s graveyard is no mean feat but then Ravichandran Ashwin’s eternal love affair with his craft has given him immense joy even when he had to push his physical limits in adverse conditions.
Ashwin ended with nine wickets in the ongoing first Test, including 6 for 61– his 28th five-for — in England’s second innings.
The premier India spinner said that bowling 40 overs in a day is a joyous exercise for him.
“I see quite a few interesting observations on what people think might happen or not but as a cricketer that’s the last thing that you have on your mind,” Ashwin said when asked how his back is holding up after such a gruelling effort, having missed the last Test in Australia due to back spasms.
“For me, part and parcel of my cricket days was bowling 40 to 45 overs a day and go back in the nets again. When it comes to bowling, the joy that I have even when some parts of my body are not responding properly, I can still keep going but that’s how much I love my art.
“I would think I would like to keep bowling as long as I think,” said the man who now has 385 Test wickets.
Just like Ishant Sharma, Ashwin also conceded that the track was really flat and England winning the toss became crucial.
“Look, personally when I saw the wicket, I believed it will be a good one to bat but I thought it might go a little more than what (happened) on the first day.
“It was really flat and it was like a crucial toss for us, I would say,” said Ashwin, who knows the Chepauk track like no other having grown up playing the game at this venue from the age-group level. (AGENCIES)