Yadav heaps praise on Ashwin as India near victory

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Jayant Yadav hailed the influence Ravichandran Ashwin has had on his career as India close in on victory in the second Test against England.

Ashwin took a further three wickets on the third day in Visakhapatnam to finish with first-innings figures of 5-67 to restrict England to 255 all out in response to India's 455.

India reached 98-3 at stumps to lead by 298 in a contest that saw off-break bowler Yadav take his first Test wicket on day two.

Talking about his relationship with Ashwin, Yadav said: "We met through [India bowling coach] Eric Simmons. He was preparing for his England tour and very sweet of him to help me as I was just playing Ranji Trophy that time.

"It's [playing in a Test] a very proud moment for any cricketer. As you graduate from U-17, U-19 and Ranji Trophy, Test cricket is the top-most level. The first day in the dressing room helped.

"Just to see how he [Ashwin] prepares and to get some inputs from him was quite special. We stayed in touch, we have a good rapport and a good friendship going on. He talks a lot of sense about bowling.

"He did not give me a lot of technical inputs but he told me to bowl different lines to different batsmen and to be consistent. He also told me a few things so that my length goes up.

"Ash is bowling beautifully, like a dream. You have to work on it. It does not come overnight. You have to put a lot of effort into it. A lot of technical things also go into it."

Discussing the position of the match going into the fourth day, Yadav added: "It's definitely going to be a tough proposition. We strive ourselves to be a consistent. It's going to be really tough as you see the variable bounce and the odd ball turning and keeping straight."