Ashwin happy to see grass taken off

Ashwin happy to see grass taken off

R Ashwin had not much of a role to play in the first Test as fast bowlers from either side ruled the roost, taking all but 38 wickets to fall on Newlands surface. Two days before the second Test began here on Saturday, the off-spinner said, wasnt sure of playing the match. That he turned out to be their most successful bowler (3/90) was one of those strange run-arounds.

"Two days from the game, it looked like we are going to play an all-seam attack," revealed Ashwin after helping India restrict South Africa to 269 for six, a score they could have bargained for at the start of the day. "And then when we walked into the ground yesterday, it was white in colour, the grass was coming off. All of a sudden I really had to pull myself back and think I am in the game now.

Today morning, when we came to the ground, it looked like a wicket that was really flat and had to have a spinner in the game," he observed.

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