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IND vs NZ LIVE: R Ashwin reveals he started spin bowling because of IDOL Harbhajan Singh- Watch video

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IND vs NZ LIVE: In the latest video released on BCCI TV, test debutant Shreyas Iyer interviews R Ashwin – who achieved a milestone on Day 5 of the Kanpur Test – asking him how it feels on surpassing Harbhajan Singh’s tally of wickets for India in Test. Follow InsideSport.in for more updates

IND vs NZ 1st Test: Debutant Shreyas Iyer interviews R Ashwin, asks how it feels on breaking idol Harbhajan Singh’s record – Watch video

Usually, R Ashwin interviews the performer of the day or the man of the match at the end of the game but this time there was a change as the off-spinner was on the other side of the table. This time R Ashwin was the interviewee and Shreyas Iyer, who was adjudged as man of the match, was the interviewer.

IND vs NZ LIVE: How does it feel to surpass Harbhajan Singh’s record:

Iyer starts by asking Ashwin how does it feels to surpass Bhajju Pa’s (Harbhajan) record. In reply, Ashwin says he is still thinking of the game as India were so close to winning the game but ended up yet so far. Ashwin further says, “Honestly speaking I’m not worried of what numbers I’m surpassing or anything, it’s a wonderful milestone.”

Speaking further, Ashwin says he never thought of being an off-spinner. “When he (Harbhajan Singh) was bowling that wonderful spell against Australia in 2001, I never thought I would even be an off-spinner on that particular day. But inspired by him I picked up the ball to bowl off-spin and here I am.”

Iyer reveals an interesting unknown story:

Going ahead Shreyas Iyer reveals an interesting unknown story of R Ashwin. Iyer asks Ashwin to shed light on the fact that he used to emulate Harbhajan Singh’s action.

“After the 2001 Border Gavaskar Trophy, I decided to take up spin bowling and it was Bhajju Pa’s action. It’s pretty easy as you put up your hands up across and then hop and skip and then you go in” says Ashwin emulating Harbhajan Singh’s action.

IND vs NZ LIVE:  On becoming 3rd highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket:

Talking further, Iyer asks R Ashwin how does it feels on becoming the 3rd highest wicket-taker for the Indian team in Test. Ashwin goes on to say, “It’s a matter of pride like playing for India …I got my 200th Test wicket at the same ground and today surpassed Harbhajan Singh on very same ground again.”

On Harbhajan Singh’s congratulatory Tweet for Ashwin:

On being asked to say something on Harbhajan Singh’s tweet for R Ashwin on achieving the milestone, the offspinner says, “I would like to thank him for the message, I will go and if I see his Twitter I will reply to him.”

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