Ashwin: Too early to comment on Dravid’s training style

R. Ashwin says it’s too early to comment on Rahul Dravid’s coaching style but feels reassured that happiness will be back in the locker room under the faithful’s guidance.

Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri as head coach and his stint began with the ongoing Twenty20 series between India and New Zealand.

“It’s too early for me to comment on Rahul Dravid’s coaching style but he has put the yards on at U-19 level,” Ashwin told the official broadcaster after India’s five-wicket win on Wednesday.

“He won’t leave much to chance, and he will focus on preparation and process, so that we can bring happiness back to the Indian dressing room,” he added.

Commenting on the first T20, won by India by five wickets, Ashwin said he found that reducing the pace of the ball worked wonders for him. “The slower you rode, the more buy you had on that terrain. If you hit the seam and throw it, it did things like Santner showed in the second inning (sic),” he said.

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“It’s tricky in the T20s, you can’t miss your lengths and you don’t know when to throw it, but here it helped give it some air.”

Given a manageable target of 165 points, Ashwin thought India would cross the line soon enough and the game would not go to the final. “It was a slightly lower score than par and we thought 170-180 would be even. We thought we were going home around the 15th, but that’s T20 cricket for you. I played Powerplay first, and it is important to determine the rhythm to play and it took me a while to figure it out.

“It’s about varying the pace and knowing when to vary it. It is important to consider each of the 24 balls as an event and to consider each ball in isolation and as an opportunity,” he said.