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Australia vs India: Murali Kartik’s commentary in Adelaide Test leaves Vinod Kambli baffled

Ashwin has been superb in the first innings so far.

Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India had an impressive outing on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide as their bowlers pegged the hosts back after getting bowled out for 250 in their first innings. After Ishant Sharma gave the visitors their first breakthrough by rattling Aaron Finch’s timber, it was the experienced spinner Ravi Ashwin who ran through the Aussie top order to take three crucial wickets. Ashwin’s scalps included debutant opener Marcus Harris (26), Shaun Marsh (2) and Usman Khawaja (28) and the hosts were reduced to 87 for 4 inside 40 overs.

However, as Ashwin continued to impress with flights and floats, former India left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, who is doing commentary for the official Indian broadcaster Sony, used the term “overspin” quite a few times while talking about the off-spinner’s bowling. Another former India cricketer Vinod Kambli found it baffling and he sought to know from Kartik what he exactly meant by the term “overspin”.

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Kartik used the term for Ashwin earlier as well

“Could you please explain to me what exactly do you mean by overspin, @kartikmurali?” asked the former left-hand batsman who once had hit two consecutive double hundreds in Tests, to Kartik in a tweet. It may be mentioned here that the 42-year-old Kartik, who played 8 Tests and 37 ODIs and represented India on the Australian soil, didn’t use the term “overspin” when it comes to Ashwin’s bowling for the first time.

During the 2015 ICC World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand, also, Kartik had mentioned it after Ashwin bowled well against the Windies in a group game. “He used the over-spin and the bounce to great effect,” is what the former spinner had written in a column for The Hindu.

Meanwhile, Australia were toiling to match the Indian bowlers as they were left at 127 for 6 on the third session of the second day at Adelaide Oval before Travis Head and Pat Cummins put up a useful partnership. For India, Ishant Sharma took two wickets and Jasprit Bumrah one besides Ashwin’s three-for.

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