Ashwin took 4 for 55 as Australia were bowled out for 191 in reply to India’s first-innings total of 244 on the second day of the pink ball match.
“Going by what happened last time, the wicket becomes better to bat as the Test match goes on,” Ashwin said during a virtual media conference.
“I felt it played best for the batter on the fifth day last time. When we went into the Test match, we felt that we are in a similar sort of situation like last time,” he added.
From the last time, he felt the grass cover may have been slightly thicker and the match situation also looks pretty similar if one goes by India’s first-innings score two years ago.
“…I think we made 250 last time and we were six runs shorter this time, so we knew that we were in the contest.”
In terms of performance, he feels this bowling effort was better than last time.
“We thought probably we put up a bowling performance that is a notch better than what we did last time.”
He was very happy to have dismissed Steve Smith cheaply which could be a big factor in the final context of the match.
“Obviously it’s a big wicket, given his appetite for runs and the amount of time he bats, from that context of the match, it was a big wicket. Really happy.”
Nathan Lyon also looked potent during the Indian innings but Ashwin feels that both are different types of bowlers.
“I think every spinner is different and it can be blown out of context as to how one approaches his trade.
In Pics: Ashwin takes four as India lead Australia by 62 runs on Day 2
<p>Senior off-spinner R Ashwin produced one of his most memorable overseas performances as Indian bowlers collectively terrorised Australia into submission, bowling them out for 191 on Day 2 of the opening Day/Night Test on Friday. (AP Photo)</p>
<p>Courtesy Ashwin’s 18-3-55-4, India successfully managed to neutralise a sub-par first innings score of 244. Rival skipper Tim Paine (73 off 99 balls) was the only home batsman to show stomach for a fight. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>With a handy first innings lead of 53 runs, India found their opener Prithvi Shaw’s defence being breached again before ending the day at 9/1 with an overall lead of 62 runs. (Reuters Photo)</p>
<p>Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah (21-7-52-2) played the night watchman’s role after Shaw’s dismissal, giving company to Mayank Agarwal (5) when stumps were drawn. (AP Photo)</p>
<p>Mohammed Shami (17-4-41-0) was also immaculate with his length but he was let down by the fielders as the only glitch in their second day’s performance was a poor catching effort. (Getty Images)</p>
<p>Save for Labuschagne (47 off 119 balls), who couldn’t capitalise on three reprieves, and skipper Paine, no other batsman seemed to know how to bat on a surface, which picked pace on the second day. (Reuters Photo)</p>
<p>Ashwin set up Smith with a few that were flighted with the angle and then bowled one that straightened and bounced a touch more. Smith, expecting turn, squared up and Ajinkya Rahane at first slip made no mistake. (Getty Images)</p>
<p> Debutant Cameron Green (11) would curse himself as his was a long hop asking to be pulled but the extra bounce got the top edge and captain Virat Kohli pulled off a fabulous catch at mid-wicket, diving full-stretch to his right. (Getty Images)</p>
<p>Labuschagne was insanely lucky when Bumrah dropped a dolly at fine leg after the batsman had mis-timed a pull shot off Shami. After the dinner break, Labuschagne on 21, was dropped by Shaw at square leg and that was also a mis-timed pull-shot. (AP Photo) </p>
<p>At the start of the day, Mitchell Starc (4/53 in 21 overs) and Pat Cummins (3/48 in 21.1 overs) dismissed the last four batsmen for an addition of only 11 runs to the overnight score of 233/6. (AFP Photo)</p>
“Nathan and I we both bowled very differently and we are different bowlers and successful in our own ways. For me it’s not about trajectory so much, it’s about trying to have those change ups and making it difficult for the batsmen to score.
“If you are playing four bowlers, my job is to hold one end up and protect the fast bowlers and also go for wickets if I get enough assistance. So it became my job to make life difficult for the batsmen,” he said.
He praised pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for going out as a night-watchman and facing a hostile Australian pace attack under lights.
“Jasprit is an extremely competitive cricketer. He likes to take the battle on ever since he has come into Test cricket.”
“He puts earnest effort into how much he bats at the nets, from being No 11, he scored 50, so it was a no-brainer. Even the little phase he batted, he infused a lot of confidence.”
Asked if he felt bowling to Marnus Labuchagne was like bowling to Smith, he replied that there are striking similarities but the youngster can’t be termed an exact carbon copy of the former Australian captain.
“He idolises Steve Smith so he actually does so many things like Smith does.”
“I think there is a difference in how they bat. Not an identical twin copy but it’s natural. In early 2000, everyone wanted to be Sachin Tendulkar. In future, everyone would want to be Virat Kohli.”