Ashwin comes out with his own gems for teams defence

Adelaide: ” I feel awkward to give excuses”, off- spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said today as India faced the humiliating prospect of a series whitewash against Australia here.

But then Ashwin, who took nine wickets in three Tests at an average of 62.77, went on to spin a whole lot of trite excuses to argue that the team had not done all that badly. No, no, the team is not embarrassed, said the offie but it was ” disappointed”. Some of his gems included ” nobody has fooled or cheated anyone”, ” we have competed hard”, ” its only a sport”, ” we just tried our best and it has not gone our way”, ” teams are increasingly getting stronger at home”. At one point though Ashwin let this slip ” Yes, we have succumbed as a whole”. This was the third time in the current series that the team management fielded Ashwin to talk to the media, the seniors conspicuously keeping out of the media spotlight.

But he is game. If talking to the media is also required of him, he would definitely play that role, he said.

Ashwin also suggested to the mediamen that embarrassment is not the right word to describe Indias performance in Australia.

” Embarrassment is not the right word. It would be nice if you could rephrase it. Nobody has fooled or cheated anyone. We are extremely disappointed and thats probably is the word I can use,” said Ashwin after India ended the fourth day of the final Test in Adelaide at 166 for six here on Friday.

Indias batting has come in for severe criticism for its performance but Ashwin wanted to blame everyone and not just the batters.

” Its a team game and should be thought as such. If we have failed, we have failed as a unit. If batsmen havenalt39t got runs, they havenalt39t given enough time for bowlers to recover. If the bowlers havenalt39t done well, they havenalt39t given enough for batsmen in the dressing room. We failed as a unit.” There was a belief that with batters failing constantly, India could have reshuffled the batting order.

” I really donalt39t belong to top seven. I was always at number eight so my duty was always to keep one end and post some score on the board for the bowlers to really work in case there was a trouble or slump.

” This wicket looked flat and we thought we would bat really well here. I feel awkward to give excuses. At the end of the day, things didnalt39t go our well… if we had runs on the board, things could have looked a little different.

But you canalt39t rewrite the script, can you?” Ashwin, who took two for 72 in Australias second innings, felt he had bowled well in the series.

” There have been phases when Ialt39ve bowled well. I wouldnalt39t say I didnalt39t have much luck, but we always stumped upon a roadblock. When we got the three wickets, and didnalt39t get the fourth quickly enough to attack as a whole and gone into a break and not seize the initiative,’he further stated.

” With due credit, just a couple of players have used their feet very well. In Australian conditions with kookaburra ball, even if you deceive them in the flight, they go through with shots. This is the learning Ialt39ve taken from the series. I would work on when guys are stepping out to me,’he said.

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