India’s head coach Rahul Dravid is a firm believer in match-ups and Men In Blue has become more of a data-driven unit under the former India captain lately.
“I don’t think players have to naturally believe in matchups, but I think it’s an area where teams and tactical advantages arise,” Ashwin said at the pre-match press conference.
Matchups are a concept where a team decides based on data which bowler has a clear lead over a particular batter or which batter is more useful at a particular time of the match.
“I think it’s safe to say that one end of the spectrum is to plan for all those things (match-ups), but as a bowler you have to bowl against a lot of batters all the time,” he said.
Ashwin does not believe that a particular bowler should bowl to a particular batter.
“I think it’s a feature that exists and is definitely being developed. As a gaming unit, just to believe in that and say that this guy will bowl against this person, you can’t work like that. But I think it gives a tactical advantage for teams,” he agreed.
As a bowler you need to know exactly what the pressure points are.
“You have to constantly know where the Achilles heels are and work on it and try to get better. You want to add that to your skills, whether it’s with the bat or the ball.”
India has never played international cricket Down Under in the real Australian winter and therefore Ashwin has no reference to know what to expect.
“It would be unfair to say it’s different or whatever because we’ve never been to Australia at this time of year.
“In general, when it comes to the sport itself, conditions are king. So you have to understand that this is what is presented to you.”
For example, while one can do endless analyzes and strategic dissections, Ashwin believes that the shortest format gives hardly anyone time to think.
“Like I said, T20 is a sport where you have to adapt quickly and also react quickly. You don’t have the time or the bandwidth to think, judge and deliver. The turnaround times are very short.”
While teams like Sri Lanka, Australia or England have had the chance to play at least two matches in one location, that has not been the case in India as commercial demands mean that Rohit Sharma’s team moves from one city to another. jumps to the other.
“Some other teams have managed to stay in one location and play in one location a few times, which the Indian team has not had the luxury of and rightly so.
“There are a lot of Indian people all over the country who want to see the match, so it’s understandable,” Ashwin said of the practical issues.
In these circumstances it is the Indian fast bowlers who have set the tone as Ashwin took 3 wickets in 4 games.
“Virtually the roles are that the fast bowlers have set the tone. If spinner comes 9th or 10th in the back half and then does the work for the back is a role we have to adapt to,” Indian team resident Cricket Scientist’ said.
And Ashwin, in his own words, is happy with the role of bowling at the back of the innings.
“It’s not like I haven’t played that role before. It happens in the IPL every now and then. So the demands of the game, what the situation is and what you have to deliver for the team is exactly what you call adaptations.”