No mental block against Aus batsmen: Ashwin

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 16:15 hrs

Adelaide, Jan 24 (IBNS) Having endured another frustrating day on the field, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said there was no mental block on his team's bowlers while bowling against Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

"I don´t think as a bowling unit we have a psychological block towards it. It has happened in two Tests, in Sydney and in Adelaide here. Probably we need to take a couple of early wickets tomorrow," said Ashwin

Ashwin said India allowed the game to slip away from their grasp in the second session.

"We were telling each other that we really wanted to be tight in the second session. It was very crucial. That´s where we shelled the game a little bit. We gave quite a few easy runs to them and they just took off from there. After that it was quite easy to carry on", he said.

Ashwin said luck was simply not on India´s side.

"The rub of the green hasn´t gone our way. You can´t really help it. Nicks are not going to hand. Michael Clarke was beaten on 130. It was that kind of day in the office. He (Sharma) could probably have a 10-wicket haul, five-wickets together, you never know," he said.

Asked about his early instroduction in the game, Ashwin said: "It was a very instinctive decision (on the part of skipper Virender Sehwag) to really bring me on. He told me an over before that I was going to come on. I was really wondering what to do and what was my plan really."

"I wanted to be sure my plan was bang on place and I really wanted to execute it even if that plan was not right for that person. I wanted to be very sure what I was doing. I thought I was pretty good at executing what I had in my mind," he said.

"It wasn´t a shock to me. I was prepared for any kind of challenge which was thrown at me. I was quite ready for it. As you know, in the last match, we didn´t have many ammunitions to throw at David Warner so when he asked me, I had my plans ready and really executed it properly," he added.

Ashwin said India have nothing to lose.

"We have nothing to lose. We are 3-0 down. It gives us a bit of a licence to be carefree about it and play natural and it could be a blessing in disguise. All that is required is to get those 20-30 runs and then stick it out. We have to try for those initial starts and then capitalise on it. It´s going to be crucial," he said.

"Two teams play and one loses. Nobody is embarrassed. We are quite happy to come out and keep trying again and again. We would turn around at sometime. Nobody is embarrassed, I am quite sure about it," he said.

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