"There isn't a counter as such. I mean what can we do? Can we kidnap him (Mustafizur)? See it is not a media news. It's international cricket. Everybody is a professional to analyse what needs to be done," said Ashwin tersely, when asked about how to counter Mustafizur.

He did praise Mustafizur's variations. "He (Mustafizur) does bowl a good cutter, which is something we have to watch out for. We have to give him the respect as well. Respect is what is important in international cricket," said Ashwin.

That he was not happy with too many questions on Mustafizur was evident when someone questioned if the left-arm seamer is a first of its kind that Indians are facing which has created problems for them.

Ashwin's rebuttal was a firm one. "No sir, honestly it's not like that. I am not looking to snub or anything. He is a good bowler, you cannot deny what he has done or take the respect away from him. I am also happy for him. But I think the challenge starts here for him. As an international cricketer I would know it much better than anybody else. Now, people are going to watch out for him,” he said.

When the same question was asked differently if debutants tend to trouble Indian batsmen, Ashwin did not forget to mention that a lot of those debutants have faded into oblivion.

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