Ev­ery Test is a bless­ing, says Ash­win

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Galle, Sri Lanka - Galle is not a place easy to for­get. Not if your Test ca­reer, which is now in full flow, un­der­went a resur­gence here. Not if you are com­ing back to play your 50th Test here.

R Ash­win, look­ing des­tined to threaten In­dia's bowl­ing records, will turn 50 Tests old on Wed­nes­day. He was glad that he was reach­ing the mile­stone at the Galle In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium.

"To come back to a place where I did re­ally well last time in 2015 is like a dream come true be­cause it was some sort of a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for me then be­cause I was on the way back into the Test side and I got a six-for on the first day and went on to get a ten-for on the third day," Ash­win said.

"It brings back a lot of good mem­o­ries, com­ing back to the same venue. And 50th Test is def­i­nitely some­thing that has come about. I am not able to go back and re­trace how I did it but I am very grate­ful to have got­ten here. I think ev­ery Test match is a bless­ing from here on."

From Galle to Galle, Ash­win said he has be­come a more rounded crick­eter and per­son. "For starters, I'm a lot calmer from what I was then," he said.

"I think I was a lit­tle bit more like a cat on a hot tin roof, so to say. I was look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing des­per­ately be­cause some­times my per­for­mances need to be that much more bet­ter for me to get any­where in my ca­reer, so I've al­ways lived that way and it's kind of changed me over a pe­riod of time.

"I do take things in the stride - fairly bad days, or­di­nary days and medi­ocre days are a part of a crick­eter's ca­reer. It's im­por­tant to learn from that and try and get bet­ter. I think I've be­come a far bet­ter crick­eter than what I was when I came here in 2015. I just hope that if at all I come back again, I would be a far bet­ter crick­eter than what I am to­day."

One of the lessons he has learned, Ash­win said, was to not set him­self too many tar­gets. "Look­ing be­hind, I might have set some tar­gets but I won't be set­ting any tar­gets look­ing ahead," he said.

"That's what the past has taught me. You can't get ahead of your­self, you can't set mile­stones, you can't set records for your­self in the fu­ture. The most im­por­tant thing is to try and get bet­ter ev­ery sin­gle day be­cause in­ter­na­tional cricket is very cruel and it can re­ally sort you out if you are sit­ting back on your past lau­rels. It's very im­por­tant to put it be­hind. It is very im­por­tant to take one Test match and one day at a time."

R Ash­win

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