India’s premier Test spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin recently admitted that acclimatising to the conditions is the key to success in the United Kingdom (UK) following the announcement of the 18-man Test squad, for the first three Tests of the five-match series.

Meanwhile, the selectors have named Ashwin along with Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in the all-important squad. The vastly experienced off-spinner Ashwin will play a key role in the upcoming series starting on August 1 in Birmingham.

Concurrently, Ashwin is featuring in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) to prepare for the upcoming tour. So far, he has a good stint scoring some runs and returning with six wickets from three games.

Talking to Sportskeeda, Ashwin admitted he is training hard to prepare for the upcoming overseas series. Ashwin has previous experience of playing in those conditions and revealed that he will use those to good effect.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Photo Credit: TNPL.

My preparation has been just playing cricket and training hard. Over the last month or so, I played cricket, so, there is some cricket under my belt. It won’t be alien when I go there and bowl. Hopefully, I can use my experience from last year when I played in England, adapt quickly and bowl well,” he said.

Adaptation will be key:

Ashwin has played a lot of cricket in the last month or two and admits adapting as quickly as possible will be key to success.

Talking about shifting from one format to another, Ravichandran Ashwin feels there won’t be too much of a problem.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Photo Credit: BCCI.

Recently, I played against Afghanistan as well. I haven’t really prepared anything for the T20 format at all to be honest. I have only used my experience and the different variations I have developed. Pretty much otherwise I have had long bowls in the nets. I also played a lot of one-day cricket also before the TNPL and played one Test against Afghanistan. So, I think there is enough preparation. The only thing is about quick adaptation there,” he concluded.

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