Ashwin says it’s time India performed to avoid another whitewash

January 4th, 2012 - 8:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 4 (IANS) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says it is high time the team performed on the field to avoid e another whitewash overseas.

India will have to do something special to prevent Australia from going 2-0 up in the four-match series. The hosts made the most of a good batting wicket at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Tuesday, piling up 482 for four to lead by 291 runs by Day Two. Michael Clarke (251 batting) and Ricky Ponting (134) batted India out of the game after the visitors came up with an ordinary 191 on the opening day.

“Someone will have to stand up and ask themselves to be counted,” Ashwin told reporters after a long day on the field. “It has to come from within. It is all fine when you sit together and give all those speeches. Those speeches are very good to watch on TV. It has to come from within. You have to deliver out there.”

India conceded 366 runs on the second day with Ponting being the lone batsman dismissed. Ashwin along with speedsters Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma leaked more than 100 runs, getting jeered by the Sydney crowd when they hit the three-figure mark.

Asked whether India were on their way of repeating the dismal 0-4 effort in the Test series in England, Ashwin said: “It has happened before, and I know, I understand, where you are trying to get at. We lost 4-0 on an overseas tour before this.”

“It really has to come from within. For all you know, people telling it is going to be another 4-0, another 2-0… For starters I don’t know how it works with you guys. For us to just hear that repetitively, that itself is the biggest detriment for us. So I don’t know. It has to come from someone. Maybe it will come from everyone in the next innings.”

India went on the defensive quickly with Ponting and Clarke looking solid at the crease. Ashwin defended the move, saying they did not have any option but to save every run possible.

“What else do you do with 190 in the pocket? You will have to save every run possible. Supposing you get two or three wickets later on, and someone is having a good spell, we have those runs to play with later. That has got to be the only idea. It is common sense. Nothing else.”

The defensive tactics did not work as Australia have scored at a healthy 4.15 rate.

The Chennai-based cricketer, however, remained positive despite the team having their backs to the wall.

“I am someone who is going to stay positive. If we can bat really well in the third innings and put something on the board on the final day, we will be good enough to work around and fight with that.”

For the record, India have scored 300-plus only once in their last 17 away Test innings.

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