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It’s a mental switch, says Ashwin
Amol Gokhale | Thursday, 12 January 2017 AT 11:40 AM IST
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Off-spinner feels that getting used to Virat style of captaincy will be a challenge ahead of ODI series.

Pune: Team India’s newly elected limited overs skipper Virat Kohli is known for his aggressive on-field captaincy, and his premier spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin echoed the sentiment about skipper’s captaincy style ahead of the One Day International series against England, which begins here on Sunday.

ICC Player of the year R Ashwin, shared his thoughts about the upcoming series as some members of the Indian team arrived in Pune to commence preparation for the opener.

Ashwin, who had a phenomenal 2016, hasn’t really played the 50 overs format in last one year as the team management has opted to give him rest.

Mental switch-

With the Champions Trophy to be played later in the year in England, he makes a return to the side against the English side and is ready for the white-ball challenge.

“It’s basically a mental switch (between the Tests and limited overs). We played a couple of T20’s in America, so I switched up pretty well that time,” said the off-spinner.

“But I’m sure it’s going to be a tough challenge. Next three-four days of practice is crucial to try and feel yourself. I’ve practised in Chennai as well, but there’s nothing like game time, having said that, these practice sessions will be very important.”

With Kohli at the helm of things, Ashwin admits that there will be the difference in on-field interaction.

“There will be a difference how the interactions happen on the ground. So far playing alongside Mahi (MS Dhoni) communication used to happen from on top of the wicket mark, which won’t happen now. Virat will be somewhere around short cover or short mid-wicket so that aspect will be different,” said the 30-year old all-rounder.

“In terms of leadership and communication, Mahi still holds the key because he’s the keeper and brings invaluable experience with him so it’s important that we take valuable tips from him and take the team forward,” he further said about Dhoni, who recently stepped down as limited overs skipper.

Witty reply-

“Lesser the overs, the teams come together rather than the format,” quipped the witty offie when asked about the English side, who look much stronger than the side, which toured for the Tests.

“After a long time, we are playing a full-strength Indian time, I don’t remember when was the last time we played full strength. We also have Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) back in the side, that also adds to our experience,” said Ashwin who last played an ODI exactly a year-ago from the date of the series opener.

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