NZ v IND 1st Test: Ashwin said after the end of the third day’s play – giving goals is far enough away

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels it is too far to score in the first Test and for this, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari will have to bat well in the first session of the fourth day in front of New Zealand's superb bowling on a helpful pitch.

Ashwin said in the press conference, "Although the pitches are not like the first day, but they are bowling with good length in the second innings. They made it difficult for us and the test has just started for us. They have bowled 65 overs and we have to see how they bowl tomorrow as we will have to bat for another season in the morning. Asked how many goals can be defended in the fourth innings. Ashwin said in this regard, "I would like to keep it simple and not say that it can be achieved, not it. There are six more seasons to be played and we are not in a position to say what a good score to defend.

New Zealand scored 348 runs in the first innings, so can India have a chance by making it closer. To this Ashwin said, "But it is still far away and to be honest, we have to play every ball because the pitch is good for batting right now." He said, "We have to play every session, every hour. No matter how small we can make the goal, it will be better for us. He (Rahane and Vihari) has batted well. We have to continue batting in this way. They are frozen at the crease and know what the wicket is like.

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