We knew Root would take a risk - Ashwin


Ravichandran Ashwin said India were not surprised by the display of attacking intent that brought an end to Joe Root's innings in Visakhapatnam.

Root was the only England batsman to make a significant score on day two as the tourists stumbled to 103-5 in reply to 455 all out.

Having reached 53, Root holed out to a fielder positioned halfway in from the long-off boundary - providing Ashwin with a second wicket in quick succession.

Reflecting on the key breakthrough in an end-of-day news conference, Ashwin said: "It's a very different pitch to what we saw in Rajkot. It's not one of those easy-paced wickets and he [Root] nicked one almost to short-leg, so we were expecting a shot.

"That's why we put the mid-off in - we were expecting a shot like that."

Off-spinning all-rounder Ashwin struggled to make an impact with the ball in the drawn first Test, but posed a constant threat on Friday as he returned 2-20 from 13 overs.

"I felt the ball coming out really well today. I was able to get the ball to hang in the air and also drift on to the batsmen and kind of straighten it from stump lines," he added.

"I think the wicket can deteriorate over a period of time - it is only going to get tougher to bat."

Prior to England's struggles with the bat, Ashwin contributed a valuable half-century - his second in as many Tests - to help his side recover from a morning wobble to reach 455 all out.

"I'm quite enjoying my batting," he stated. "Ever since England toured here last time I have been batting well against them, so that's a psychological advantage I carry into a game when I play against them."