Pallekele: R Ashwin has at once been India's most parsimonious and penetrative bowler during their One-Day International series in Sri Lanka.
The 3-1 scoreline notwithstanding, India's bowling hasn't been outstanding. India have conceded 969 runs in 169.5 overs and picked up just 23 wickets, making for an average of 42.13 runs per wicket and an economy of 5.72 runs per over. Ashwin's numbers are far more impressive – an average of 32, an impressive economy of 4.57, best figures of 2 for 46, twice.
"I have been entering the bowling fray in different situations," said Ashwin on Friday as he reflected on his bowling in this series. "In certain games, I have come on immediately after 10 overs, in certain other situations I have come on after 21-22 overs. It's been different. People have been set at different points of the game. I think I have done my job reasonably well. The ball has been coming out of my hand quite well. As far as a bowler is concerned, that's what you have to look at. And the numbers also have not been bad. I think the bowling is coming on really well and what I have been working on has also come out well."