Leading 2-1 in the five-match series, England are sniffing an innings victory again after the hosts finished day two at 385 for seven in reply to India's paltry first innings score of 148 runs.
With an embarrassing sequence of batting failure in the
series, it would now take a Herculean effort from the
beleaguered Indian batting line-up to save the match with
three full days play still remaining.
"The sun came out and the pitch had flattened out a bit. We toiled through the day (yesterday) and gave our best. It is about confidence at the end of the day and also enjoying
the game we all love so much," Ashwin said at the press
conference after the second day's play yesterday.
"So, we were talking in the field that we can do a better
job in the second innings. Everybody has a bad day."
Ashwin picked up two wickets in the post-lunch session
yesterday as England slumped from 191 for one to 204 for four
and it appeared as if India might be able to wriggle their way
back into the game.
He was at the centre of action in that period of play picking his first overseas Test wicket since 2011-12. It is only his third Test since India started touring last December.
"While I was out of the playing eleven, I have worked on
my action a bit more. I am trying to get more side-on. I also
try and stay as balanced as possible and have been working at
these small details," said Ashwin, who took two wickets for 55
runs so far in the innings.
"I try to be the best possible cricketer I can. I got a good spell in though I did not really start too well. I felt like I was slipping and then I came back in the lunch break. I looked at the videos and took some feedback on what I could be doing wrong and the speeds I bowled out there," Ashwin added.
Joe Root (92 not out) though stood in India's way once
again and struck his fourth consecutive half-century in the
series to defy the visiting bowlers. He also scored a hundred
in the first Test at Nottingham and Ashwin was full of praise
for the young English batsman.
"He (Root) is a hard competitor and I love to compete
against him, and love to go against him again and again," said
Ashwin also had words of appreciation for young Indian
pacer Varun Aaron (2/111), who toiled hard the entire day
"Varun Aaron was charging in throughout the day and he
bowled quick. I think he was touching 90 all day long and that
is what Test cricket is all about. Tomorrow he will come back
and bowl another such spell," he said.
India could have done better if they had not spilled chances in the slips, which is becoming a sort of bad-habit for the team in every match.
"Confidence is the keyword here, as you catch more and
more, you get confident. When you drop one you feel horrible.
(Murali) Vijay put one down and then he caught one and he was so happy, that he almost wanted to throw the ball up," Ashwin said.
"So we are working hard at slip catching and we are trying different options there. As a young team we are working
at addressing this," he signed off.