Virender Sehwag demoralised me: Ravichandran Ashwin
India\'s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed the demoralising effect he has had while bowling at the former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag.Talking in a chat show \'What the Duck 2\', Ashwin recalled his tryst with Sehwag at a net session a few years ago.\"Sehwag was never complicated. He had a demoralising effect on me actually,\" Ashwin said.
New Delhi: India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed the demoralising effect he has had while bowling at the former swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag.Talking in a chat show 'What the Duck 2', Ashwin recalled his tryst with Sehwag at a net session a few years ago."Sehwag was never complicated. He had a demoralising effect on me actually," Ashwin said.
"There was an incident in Dambulla, where every ball that I bowled, first ball I bowled outside off stump, Sehwag cut me. Next ball I bowled on off stump, he cuts me. Next ball I bowled on middle stump, he cuts me."The next ball I bowl on leg stump, he again cuts me. So I said 'what the hell is happening'. So I just bowled a ball fuller, Sehwag stepped out and slugged me out for a six," Ashwin recalled.
Ashwin, who was struggling to earn a spot in the Indian team at that time, was clueless what to do."So I said to myself either I am just not good enough or this guy is just way too good ... which he was. But to the greater Sachin Tendulkar also, I didn't struggle with bowling so much in the nets. I was very inquisitive. I observed this for a few days.
"But then I couldn't hold myself back, I went to him (Sehwag) and asked, 'so what should I do to improve'. If I had asked it to Sachin, he would have given me some tips. If it were MS (Dhoni), he would have given me a perspective."Viru said 'I don't think off-spinners are bowlers.
They do not trouble me at all. I just find it easy smashing them. Yeah, I hit off-spinners against the spin on the off side and for left-arm spinners, I will hit against the spin on the leg side. I said, 'okay, fine'," Ashwin recounted.After being thrashed during net sessions on multiple occasions, Ashwin finally managed to figure out a way to get the better of the hard-hitting batsman.
He found out that the best possible plan against Sehwag was to bowl every single ball as "best rubbish ball". Ashwin also said that Sehwag was least interested in team meetings to discuss strategy.