Hyderabad will be a good pitch early on: Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin Hyderabad: India's reversals against England despite winning the first Test in Ahmedabad comprehensively, are still fresh on everybody's minds. Maybe that's the reason why there's so much talk about complacency and let-up in intensity being India's foe ahead of the second Test against Australia, which begins on Saturday, here, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

However, according to Ravichandran Ashwin, it's time India stop thinking negative and just continue with the clinical performance that helped them thrash Michael Clarke and his troops at the Chepauk.

"One should think positive and see to it that the numbers (of the England series) don't go too much into the head. England had played really well in their second innings in Ahmedabad, which turned out to be a huge morale-booster for them.

"And as far as we're concerned, we were clinical in Chennai. All we need to do is carry on with our present form. We're not at all thinking about the previous series," the off-spinner said on Friday.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's sparkling double-century has already set up a nice platform for India in the series. Ashwin, too, reiterated that such knocks could be demoralising for any opposition.

"He (Dhoni) himself had said that it's one kind of knock, which he isn't sure of replicating. He scored two hundreds in as many sessions, setting the tempo as a captain.

"Certainly, an innings of this sort is demoralising for any opposition," Ashwin pointed out.

Talking about the pitch, Ashwin said: "It's a different soil here, whiter in colour. I've only seen it from a distance… Haven't had a close look at it. I feel it's going to be a good wicket for the first couple of days."

Ashwin, though, didn't want to dwell on whether Australian spinners are capable of emulating the success that England's Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann had over India later in the series.

"All I can say is that I'm not too good when it comes to comparing. There are people delegated to draw comparisons. I'm not too interested," he commented.

He came up with a similar sort of reply when queried if India should go in with three specialist spinners, including Pragyan Ojha. "There are various factors involved behind the selection of the final XI. But I'm not the one to speak on it. Neither do I have any idea on the entire matter. There are people reserved for this job," Ashwin said.


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