Criticized for his ordinary outing in the recently-concluded fourth Test against England in Southampton, India’s leading off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is at the receiving end lately. After facing constant flak from all quarters of the cricketing world, Ashwin is once again in the news for not so good reasons as former India captain Sourav Ganguly has questioned his impatient attitude during the Test match.
The CAB president Ganguly also added that the Indian captain Virat Kohli should talk to Ashwin regarding his continuous experimentation with the ball. In an exclusive interview with India TV, Ganguly said, “Virat Kohli will have to talk to Ashwin about why he looks so impatient. He is bowling six different deliveries in an over.”
“A spinner will have to use the rough patches when playing outside India. When I was the captain, at times I used to bowl Harbhajan Singh ahead of Anil Kumble because I wanted him to use that rough.”
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The 31-year old spinner failed to create an impact with the ball in the penultimate Test of the five-match series where he managed to pick up only three wickets. On the contrary, England’s comeback man Moeen Ali gave an outstanding performance with the ball as he snared a nine-wicket match haul to take the home side to a sensational series win over India.
“Ability-wise Moeen Ali is not better than Ashwin. Rather Ashwin is twice as good as Ali as a spinner. But Ali keeps his bowling simple. On the other hand, Ashwin keeps experimenting with the doosra, wrong’un and leg-spin rather than utilising the rough. Sometimes in Test cricket, you have to become boring to win matches,” the President of Cricket Association of Bengal, the former batsman added.
The rough patches on Rose Bowl strip aided the spinners and it was expected from India’s leading spinner to restrict the English batting lineup with his spin and guile. Ashwin had suffered a groin injury during the third Test at Trent Bridge. However, skipper Virat Kohli said Ashwin had recovered to play the fourth Test.
India slumped to a 60-run defeat in the 4th Test and thus conceded their 3rd successive series loss against England in England. With this win, England have taken an unassailable 3-1 lead with one match to play.
The fifth and final Test between India and England will be played at the Kennington Oval, London beginning on Friday.