Ashwin grateful hard work is paying off


After his six wickets put India on the front foot after the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka, spinner Ravi Ashwin says he is grateful that all his hard work is paying off.

Ashwin recorded figures of six for 46 as the hosts were bundled out for just 183 inside two sessions in Galle on Wednesday after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first.

The visitors reached 128 for two at stumps, and only trail by 55 runs with eight wickets in hand. They will look to only bat once in the match and make a winning start in the three-match series.

The 28 year-old Ashwin revealed after the day's play that he has worked hard with bowling coach Bharat Arun and team director Ravi Shastri to get positive results from his bowling.

Ashwin said: "I have taken stock of my own bowling, being a lot critical of myself, raised a lot of questions and got fruitful answers from both Bharat Arun and Ravi Shastri. That has actually enabled me to try and discover myself.

"I think it is more about how the game is. I am not looking at my personal milestones. I want to get better. The process is in place and its perfect. I am looking at it from that perspective.

"I want to move ahead and do better for the team. It's an extraordinary performance to bowl out a team in a day especially in Sri Lankan conditions after having lost the toss."