New Zealand vs India: All-rounder Ashwin says he is in great mental shape with bat and ball

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his first wicket of the ongoing ODI series during the third match against New Zealand and followed it up with his maiden half-century helping India tie the game.

updated: January 27, 2014 20:20 IST
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Hamilton: He might be going through a lean patch with the ball but Ravichandran Ashwin contributed with the bat in Auckland and the Indian all-rounder said he is very comfortable with his cricket right now and is in best frame of mind ahead of the fourth ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Ashwin's maiden ODI half-century, which came while batting at number seven along with Ravindra Jadeja, helped India snatch a tie at Eden Park in the third ODI to stay alive in the five-match series.

"It was a good opportunity presented to me in terms of batting higher up the order. You do not often get so many overs to bat in the current Indian line-up. They always do the job of getting the runs. I got enough overs that day and I thought to just bat the way I bat in a Test match and look for runs all the time. It helped me out in the end," said Ashwin.

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