IND vs ENG: Ravichandran Ashwin Wants Indians To Be Proud Of Winning On Pitches That Aid Turn
India off-spinner R Ashwin said on Tuesday that the Indian cricketing fraternity needs to magnanimously deflect away criticism of Indian cricket pitches when it comes from overseas cricketers.
The off-spinner, who earned the man of the match award for his eight-wicket haul and a century on a wicket that aided turn from the first session of the first day, said the Indian team is proud of being able to master difficult conditions better than the others.
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion. It us who are reading into it... Whoever is giving their opinion is well within their rights to give an opinion. As a cricketing fraternity or country, dealing with such sort accusations needs to get better."
"We must hold pride in how we are playing better [on such wickets]. Test matches are won over a period of time. You play overs and win Test matches," said Ashwin while speaking to the media on Tuesday.
"People give their opinions. It is completely fine if people give opinions. We will also have opinions when we tour abroad. We don't complain or crib, and just get on with it. I have never seen any of our greats, be it our coach Ravi Shastri or Sunil Gavaskar who have been on tours abroad."
"I have never seen them talk about pitches having lot of grass. It has never happened. When people come out with such opinions, we should respect them but I think we should be able to magnanimously deflect them away," he added.