“It’s priceless to have a cricketer like Ashwin in your Test team.”- Virat Kohli

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Ravichandran Ashwin impressed one and all yet again with his brilliant performance in the first Test of the ongoing series against New Zealand.

All eyes were on Ravichandran Ashwin as India took the field on a spinner friendly pitch at Green Park in Kanpur, in the opening Test of the long home season. It was Jadeja who led the attack in the first innings by taking his 5th five-for in Test cricket, but Ashwin overshadowed Jadeja with an outstanding performance in the second innings in which he took 6 wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin took 10 wickets and also scored a 40-run cameo in the Indian first innings. 
In a post match interview, India’s skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli called Ashwin a
‘priceless’ cricketer in Test cricket.

“He’s been outstanding for the Indian team. If you see all the impact players in the world, he comes in the top three-four easily. There are quite a few players making big impact for their respective sides. Especially bowlers. Bowlers are the one I feel that win you Test matches and Ashwin is one of them,” Kohli said after the first Test. 

“There’s no doubt that he has been bowling wonderfully well for the last couple of years. He works very hard on his game. He is a very keen thinker of the game. He understands the game very well.

“Very smart cricketer, very intelligent. That shows in his batting as well. He understands the situation and plays accordingly. He knows when to get runs and when to play the situation out accordingly. So it’s priceless to have a cricketer like Ashwin in your Test team,” Kohli added.