London/Calcutta: India have drawn flak for not being able to put up a fight since their victory at Lord’s.
The visitors are staring at a third straight defeat in the ongoing series, but Ravichandran Ashwin feels they won’t give in without a fight in the ongoing fifth and final Test at The Oval.
“It’s incredibly important to keep the fight going, considering the present scenario. It’s always sad and upsetting for everyone if you don’t throw in a fight and then lose a game.
“But being part of this team, I’m sure everybody is prepared to put up a fight. We will fight and then see how it goes on from there,” Ashwin said after the third day’s play.
The off-spinner, though, admitted that only a proper show with the bat could help India avoid a defeat at this stage of the game.
“It was a very good day for batting. The sun came out, the pitch had flattened out a bit and we toiled throughout the day and gave our best. But I think we conceded 30-40 runs more…
“We could have cut short their lead… We bowled well during the session between lunch and tea but let it slip a little away to Joe Root.
“The pitch has become better and we need to ensure we bat better in the second innings. In fact, that’s what we need to do now… Just bat well…” Ashwin stressed.
Talking about his bowling, Ashwin was quite happy having bowled a long spell of 20 overs and getting the in-form Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali out. “I worked on my action a bit more, looking to get more side-on and try and stay as balanced as possible.
“I got one really long spell from lunch to tea. It was a really important phase and I managed to nip out a couple of wickets at a crucial time… Ballance was quite susceptible on his defence, going forward and back while facing a spinner. He wasn’t very sure.
“I thought I should mix up my pace and get him confused. Eventually I got him out, holing out to silly point. It was my win anyway.”