After becoming an expert in the hook shot that ends in a six over the third-man boundary and scoring a few goals in hockey after all the hard work was done by the other 10 players, I confessed to myself that studying the two games from the ropes was a better option. Though I wish I had started that process earlier than 1996, around 15 years of watching, reading and sometimes still practising that 'hook shot' over has allowed me this space on Cricketnext and IBNLive to write and get read.
Ashwin believes defeat against New Zealand hasn't dented India's confidence and the team will come out with flying colours in the must-win Group 2 World T20 match against Pakistan in Kolkata on Saturday.
"I think that's what my job is [to regroup the team]. It didn't go as we wanted it to go. That's the time when everybody needs to pitch in," the skipper, who tried his bit with a 30-ball 30 but in vain, said.