Surprised at Ashwin being sidelined from shorter formats, have to back your best players: Saqlain Mushtaq
By: Sports Desk |

Published: April 26, 2020 6:12:29 pm

Ravichandran Ashwin has not performed in shorter codecs for India since 2017. (File Photo/Reuters)

Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not performed in ODIs and T20Is since 2017, stays the best spinner India have and nobody who has come after him has been in a position to match his class, mentioned Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq. Mushtaq mentioned Ashwin’s exclusion from the shorter codecs baffles him, explaining {that a} wicket-taking bowler like him is priceless in these matches.

“Class is permanent whether you are a finger-spinner or wrist-spinner. I was surprised when Ashwin was sidelined from one-day cricket. He knows how to get batsman out in the five-day game, which is much tougher than limited overs cricket. Anyone can do the containment job but someone who knows how take wickets can contain also. He knows both. How can you keep him out? You have to back your best players,” Saqlain, the inventor of the Doosra’, instructed PTI.

Though Ashwin stays India’s primary Test spinner at house, he’s not a certain starter in abroad Tests both lately. He was benched for the two-Test sequence within the West Indies final yr, and performed one Test in New Zealand within the two-match sequence, with Ravindra Jadeja enjoying the opposite one.

Saqlain mentioned Kuldeep Yadav is “impressive” among the many newer Indian spinners however that nobody has been of the identical class as Ashwin.

“After Ashwin, you have tried many spinners but none of them have been of his class,” he mentioned.

Saqlain additionally mentioned that Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin might have been an amazing spin bowling mixture if India had not sidelined Harbhajan with Ashwin’s emergence.

He additionally mentioned India have a stronger spin bowling armoury than Pakistan at current, saying he’s certain each Ashwin and Jadeja will play 100 Tests of their profession.

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