Ravichandran Ashwin, the star all-rounder for India, is working diligently to get ready for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which starts next month.
Ashwin had a fantastic Test series in Bangladesh. India has a chance to earn significant points and get to the World Test Championship final during the four-match series against Australia.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced the itinerary for the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Australia will play Test cricket there for the first time early next year.
The conclusion of Australia’s first men’s Test series in India in six years will take place at Ahmedabad, the recently expanded 132,000-capacity stadium named after the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The four-Test campaign will get underway in Nagpur on February 9, before matches in the capital Delhi (from February 17) and picturesque Dharamsala (March 1).
“I don’t expect anything less than high voltage cricket”: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is optimistic about India’s performance in the series and thinks the match would be thrilling. He has excelled at home and is consistently counted on to carry the bulk of the workload.
“Whenever Australia tour (India), they have always done well, even the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy (2017), in my opinion, was one of the best series that we played. And we also went back there and again managed to retain the trophy. It is always exciting” Ravichandran Ashwin said in an interview with The New Indian Express.
“I don’t expect anything less than high-voltage cricket. And I expect a lot of intensity. Australia and England are the best-prepared teams that come to India and Australia takes it one notch higher. I’m really looking forward to an exciting series” Ravichandran Ashwin Added.
“When you play for India, expectations are going to be there. You’re bound to have expectations. But you can’t allow that to bog yourself down. You know, I am someone who lives for the big moments and pressure moments. So for me, anytime there is a big match, any time there’s a lot of pressure I really enjoy it. So, I’m looking forward to the pressure” of Ravichandran Ashwin on handling expectations of doing well at home.
The 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy could be the last four-Test series between the rivals, with future Australia-India series expected to include five matches.