Ashwin was put on the bench in the first Test while India were with four seamstresses and one spinner, but with Shardul Thakur injured and Lord will be sunny and dry, the ash spinner has more than a decent chance of making the XI to play for the second Test.
On the eve of the Test match, Ashwin recalls memories of the triumph that Team India achieved in a place he described to him very specially.
Ashwin was part of the Indian team that broke the 28-year drought of a Test win at Lord’s in 2014.
On a green mamba, India achieved one of their biggest victories abroad in 2014 thanks to brilliant shots from Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and excellent needle and swing bowling by Bhuvi and some kin music by Ishant.
‘Every time you visit Lord’s, it’s more of a scenic occasion. It is very special for me to come. We had a very memorable Test match here in 2014, England were a rooster, and we drew the first Test, reaching an amazing century from Ajinkya Rahane, and it’s a reminder that we fell short and the victory achieved, ‘says Ashwin in a video handled by BCCI Twitter.
That said, India suffered a humiliating defeat during their last visit to Lord’s in 2018, where their batting unit fell away in an extremely challenging condition like a pile of cards.
However, as the English team is in disarray and India dominates a large part of the Nottingham Test, Ashwin is confident that Team India can reach another stage this year and possibly win the Test series in England after 14 years.
“Hopefully we got the side this time and we have a very upbeat mood in the locker room, so I think it will be a very good Test match,” Ashwin said on bcci.tv.
Ashwin recalls Natwest 2002’s triumph
The 1983 world victory at Lord’s is undoubtedly India’s biggest moment at the ‘Home of Cricket’, which Ashwin, who has not yet lived, acknowledged.
But for him, the moment that put Indian cricket on the path of excellence, the NatWest triumph of 2002 and the subsequent removal of the shirt by captain Sourav Ganguly was in response to what Andrew Flintoff did a few months before the match in Mumbai has.
‘My best memory, I told you about the 2014 victory. I was not born when Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup on that balcony, but it must be one of the greatest memories in Indian cricket, but beyond that … The moment that put Indian cricket on the path of excellence I say removing Dada was his shirt and waving it around on the balcony, ”Ashwin recalls.
“Immediately many commentators started talking about what Andrew Flintoff did in India and how Sourav repaid Ganguly in kind,” he said.
Ashwin signed off by seeing that he is looking forward to an amazing Test series that gives this Indian team a golden chance to become the first group of players out of the country to win a Test series in Australia and England.
“I am personally looking forward to an amazing Test series where this Indian team was able to achieve something amazing in terms of winning in Australia and also a chance to win here in England,” Ashwin concluded.