Ashwin: No pressure from new spinners

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India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has denied feeling pressure from other slow bowlers in the side, saying he feels at the top of his game and other tweakers must bring it on in the semi-final against South Africa.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has denied feeling pressure from other slow bowlers in the side, saying he feels at the top of his game and other tweakers must bring it on in the semi-final against South Africa.

Ashwin was asked about Amit Mishra, who leads the side in term of wickets taken in the World Twenty20, though not far ahead of Ashwin. The latter said he didn't have the energy to worry about who was competing with him.

Ashwin said: "To be really honest, I've never bothered about who's behind my shoulder. That's not how I play my cricket. I believe in improving every day, and I don't say it just for the sake of it.

"Unless you don't keep improving, you're not going to last the distance. You lose out. It's pretty much like a business model, that's how I view it. Somebody's behind my shoulder? They can stay there. I'll just keep doing what I do best.

"In the last two or three months, I feel that I'm probably at the top of my bowling game. When I reach that phase, I pretty much don't practise at all. That's a phase I'm in right now. The ball is landing exactly where I want it to land."

Ashwin went on to say that he wasn't feeling pressure to beat South Africa on Friday, and neither was the team, because they didn't like to think of themselves as favourites, and also didn't have the Proteas' 'choker' baggage.

He said: "Most of these guys (Indian team) are involved in the Champions Trophy, so that's one experience everybody can draw from.

"Apart from that, the one thing that the young side will have an advantage over the other teams, is that we don't carry any baggage (of failures).

"We've not lost big competitions, there will be no scars with us. We have nothing to lose.

"We never walked into this tournament as favourites, and we wouldn't want to be tagged as favourites. We just go in and enjoy ourselves."

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