Ravichandran Ashwin Thinks He Has Kept India In The Game vs South Africa

Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India on the first day of the second Test match against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Saturday. Ashwin gave India the first breakthrough after the South Africans got off to a good start. Opting to bat first, Deal Elgar and Aiden Markram saw off the new ball only to fall prey to Ashwin who ended the day with figures of 3 for 90. Ashwin said failure to deliver for his team in the past hit his pride and hoped his three-wicket haul on day one was enough to keep India afloat in the second Test.

On a day when the seamers failed to make much of a dent on a easy-paced wicket, Ashwin showed his class as a bowler as the hosts finished day one at 269 for 6 at stumps.

"I like to think I have kept us in the game. It could have so easily been a game where they could have run away with it after the second session. I like to believe I was just dogged enough," Ashwin said after the day's play.

"I play (only) Test cricket now and I get a lot of break in between. So might as well be ready when I get an opportunity. So, there is no reason to unfasten the seat belt, you are always on," he said, about his preparation for the tour, after not featuring for India in limited-overs' cricket since July.

Ashwin had been subject to a lot of criticism in the past on account of his overseas record. He had gone wicket-less in the Johannesbu...

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