Ashwin is no longer India's first-choice spinner even in Test cricket and it was understandable when the cocky Tamil Nadu tweaker gave a cheeky reply to a question on the resilience shown by the South African tail on the third day of the second Test here on Saturday.
South Africa shaded most of Day 3 of the 1st Test against India on Friday. The last hour, however, belonged to comeback man R Ashwin. With the pitch cracking up and light fading, Ashwin brought out the best of his craft to get India back into a winning position.
He jumps at the batsmen from the start and, if anything, is at his orthodox best with the new ball. He knows it suits him — the bounce, the seam, and the great benefit in bowling to top-order batsmen before they get set.