Bowling leg-breaks won’t help Ravi Ashwin, England series to decide his Test future: BCCI Source
A source close to the BCCI believes that Ashwin's future in Test cricket will be decided on the England tour.
Updated - Apr 21, 2018 11:52 am
Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the two top spinners lost their place from the Indian side in limited overs cricket after the 2017-edition of the Champions Trophy which India lost in the finals against Pakistan. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav grabbed the opportunities presented to them and instantly impressed one and all through their performances.
With chances to make a comeback in the national side looking grim, 31-year-old offspinner Ashwin surprised everyone when he tried to bowl the leg-breaks during the domestic season which he continues to bowl in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. However, according to an anonymous person who is close to the BCCI and the matters of selection, the trait is not going to help the bowler make a comeback.
Trying too many things
While speaking to Times of India, he said that Ashwin is trying too many things. According to the person, he can bowl the leg-breaks as a variation ball but he is bowling it regularly in domestic tournaments as well as in the IPL. “We feel very sad and concerned about it.
“He tries too many things. We don’t know, and it’s difficult to understand why he’s trying this tactic. It’s ok to try leg spin as a variation once in a while in a T20 match, but he’s experimenting with this in every game – be it in the IPL, Ranji Trophy or even the Irani Cup,” the person told TOI. As per the source, Ashwin cannot become a leg-spinner all of sudden. According to the source, you won’t find any off-spinner doing this.
England series will decide future of Ashwin in Tests
Interestingly, the source claims that the wrist-spinner duo of Chahal and Yadav can get an opportunity in the Tests as well. “We must remember that Ashwin has taken more than 300 Test wickets, but the time has come to blood Kuldeep and Chahal in Tests. Both are doing pretty well in the ODIs & T20Is. The way these young wrist spinners are bowling, picking up wickets regularly in limited over games, they may have a better opportunity (to succeed) in England too,” he told TOI.
According to the source, the upcoming England series will be a very important one for Ashwin which will decide the future of the bowler in the five-day format.