India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed who taught him the carrom ball which has helped him claim plenty of wickets on the international stage. He is one of the few off-spinners in modern-day cricket who uses it often to pick wickets. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Recalls Incident When Opposition Abducted Him And Threatened to Cut Off His Fingers
Ashwin said it was 33-year-old SK who used to bowl the delivery with a proper action and extract drift with the tennis ball. He also said that till date he cannot find SK. Also Read - Co-owner Questions Delhi Capitals Players Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin's Exclusion From India's ODI, T20I Teams
“The first time I went to play a tennis ball game, I was batting. There was this guy who was bowling with a proper action, getting beautiful drift and getting the ball to go nicely out and in. Till today I can’t find where the guy is but I haven’t seen a better bowler who can bowl both in and out than him in my life. His name is SK. He was the one from whom I learnt that ball,” Ashwin said during an interview recently. Also Read - Everyone Gives You An Antisocial Look When You Sneeze or Cough: Ravichandran Ashwin Mulls Outbreak of Coronavirus
The 33-year-old Test regular went on to reveal that SK made him look like foolish whereas he was a big thing in the tennis-ball circuit. He also goes on to reveal that it took him 10-15 days to learn the art of bowling carrom ball from him.
“Basically he was the one who made me look like an absolute idiot on that particular day. I was a big thing around the tennis ball circuit as a batsman then, so I said I need to learn from this guy. So I used to go every morning, and he used to come and teach me for about 10-15 days.”
The Test veteran who has picked 362 wickets in 70 Tests will soon be seen in action during the first Test against New Zealand which gets underway February 21.