ODI series against England can be challenging for Ashwin

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been sublime form in 2016 across formats, though he was rested in the one-dayers against New Zealand.

The 30 year old who has been away with the 50 over format will be seen in the upcoming ODI series against England. "It's more of a mental switch," he said in a press conference on Wednesday (January 11). "It is very, very different playing white-ball cricket, because you don't have that much time. The white ball doesn't do enough, actually, off the wicket or in the air and it has definitely come down. It's a lot in favour of the batter. But you need to come to terms with that and try and make sure you're one step ahead of the game."

Ashwin believes the communication process is likely to transform with Virat Kohli leading the side now. "It will be different in terms of the interactions you'll have. Before when I used play alongside (under) Mahi (Dhoni), which won't happen this game onwards, it was about communication (coming) through from top of the mark to the 'keeper. And it is going to be very different (now). Obviously, Virat will be around at short mid-wicket or short cover but it is going to be different. We have to try and get used to those communications," Ashwin said.

"He likes attacking, he likes picking wickets through the middle overs, even at the cost of some runs. Virat on occasions can be a little aggressive and that's the one thing that I need to try and adjust to. And obviously giving those extra runs to try and get a wicket is not such a bad thing," he added.

Dhoni’s expertise has always been invaluable to team India. "In terms, leadership and communication, I feel Mahi (Dhoni) is going to hold the key because he's the keeper and he's going to bring that invaluable experience with him. It's going to be very, very important that we try and take as much as valuable inputs from him and try and take the team forward," Ashwin said.


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