Ravichandran Ashwin was one of the very few Indian cricketers who was able to get positive results from the day and night Adelaide Test. India not only pulled out Australia’s best hitter Steve Smith with a slider that got the experts talking, but he also ended up as the most successful visitor bowler with 4 wickets next to his name, again at first inning of a pink test of the ball. Ashwin picked up another wicket in the second inning and returned with the match figures of 5 for 71.
However surprising as it may seem, Ashwin’s position as sole spinner might have been in doubt if Ravindra Jadeja had been fit for the first Test. Despite Ashwin being the most successful spinner for India, somehow there is. has always been a question mark about his place on the team every time the team goes overseas. Pointing out the same fact, legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that Ashwin does not suffer from his bowling skills, but from his “frankness” and “speaking his mind at meetings”.
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“For too long Ashwin has suffered not from his bowling prowess that only the rude will doubt, but from his frankness and for expressing his opinion at meetings where most others nod even if they disagree. “wrote Gavaskar in his column for Sportstar.
Gavaskar went on to say that a player of Ashwin’s caliber should be an asset to any Test team.
“Any other country would welcome a bowler who has more than 350 test wickets and not to forget four centuries of test matches too.
“However, if Ashwin doesn’t take a bunch of wickets in one match, he is inevitably set aside for the next. However, this doesn’t happen to established hitters. Even if they fail in a game, they have another chance, another and another, but for Ashwin the rules seem to be different, ”Gavaskar wrote.
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The former Indian opener also praised Ashwin for his handover to Steve Smith, who fired him for his lowest score in the Test – 1 – against India in the Test in the first inning in Adelaide.
How are Ashwin’s recent numbers overseas?
Notably, since 2018, Ashwin has improved significantly in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) in testing. Additionally, Ashwin has taken wickets in each of her last 8 innings in SENA country testing. His last inning without a wicket came in Nottingham in 2018.
Additionally, in 2020, Ashwin played 2 tests in 2020 and both outside of Asia – New Zealand and Australia. Despite this, he has an impressive bowling average of 21.25 over 53 overs and a strike rate of 39.7 – the best for him in a calendar year.
Now that Ravindra Jadeja is fit and almost certain to have India play Xi for the second Test in Melbourne, it will be interesting to see if India plays two spinners and five bowling options despite their serve being under fire.