Yadav heaps praise on Ashwin as India near victory


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."