India vs Windies: Ravi Ashwin expresses disappointment over the quality of SG balls

India vs Windies: Ravi Ashwin expresses disappointment over the quality of SG balls

Ashwin said that the Kookaburra ball was better.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin of India bowls. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Team India won the first Test against the Windies by an innings and 272 runs. This is the biggest Test victory for them in the history of the game. They surpassed the previous record of winning the game by an innings and 262 runs against Afghanistan earlier this year. With a win here, India are unbeaten in their last eight Tests at home. But just after the triumph, Ravi Ashwin sparked a slight controversy.

The premier off-spinner expressed his disappointment over the quality of the SG ball right after the game ended. The 32-year-old noted that the SG ball used to be top-notch. But at this point in time, he said that it is not the same anymore. He didn’t look satisfied with the seam not standing up for a long time. Further, the fastest man to 300 Test wickets said that the Kookaburra red ball was a lot better.

Ashwin draws comparisons between SG, Kookaburra and Dukes balls

“The Kookaburra white ball doesn’t swing much nowadays and you can’t feel the seam much as well. Right now I would say Kookaburra red ball is a lot better ball, Dukes is also right up there. Pretty disappointed with the current SG ball. It used to be top-notch, the seam used to stand up strong even after 70-80 overs. Not the same anymore,” Ravi Ashwin said after the game.

However, the Indian spinners have fared decently well in the game. While Ashwin picked four wickets in the first innings, he followed it up by picking two in the second. Ravindra Jadeja, the other spinner in the side picked up four wickets in the match.

The left-arm chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers in the second innings as he picked his maiden five-wicket haul. The spinners have picked 16 out of the 20 scalps in the game.

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