Ravi Ashwin is a thinking and calculated skipper: David Miller
The 30-year old led his side to victory in his first ever IPL match as captain against the Delhi Daredevils in Mohali.
After being named as captain, 30-year old off-spinner Ravi Ashwin has wasted little time in securing a victory for his new side – Kings XI Punjab. However, despite all of this, there have been the odd critics who have slammed the KXIP choice of the skipper. In spite of all this, Ashwin’s teammates, especially former skipper David Miller has backed Ashwin as the captain while revealing that the 30-year old is indeed a thinking and a calculated skipper, someone who does indeed read the game very well.
“From what I have gathered, he is very calculated. He thinks about the game very well. Every decision he makes, there is a reason why he does that,” Miller said at the media conference on Friday.”
Miller also went ahead and added that Ashwin was a relaxed personality. “So far it is pretty relaxed; he is pretty low key, letting guys do what they need to do. That is the most important thing. So far it has been good, and we have an exciting five weeks ahead. He knows a lot about the game and thinks a lot about the game.”
Can Ashwin sustain his captaincy?
While the South African batsman did indeed accept that these are early days in Ashwin’s captaincy, he went ahead and stated that time would tell if he was the right man for the job or not. However, he continued that the immediate job as far as Ravi Ashwin was concerned would be the fact that they were taking on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their second game of the IPL.
“I’m not sure, you have to wait and see. It has only been one game. I don’t know if it makes so much of a difference if it is a fast bowler or a spin bowler, but so far he has been pretty good.
“Twenty20 is obviously quick and fast. The longer format is a lot more (demanding), the longer spells that you bowl, the more you get tired.”
“Not at all, in fact, we have been told pretty early on to trust our games, be exciting. We can be pretty free, and whatever situations that come your way, take them. The last game (chasing against Delhi Daredevils) we didn’t need to be explosive, hit boundaries. We were ahead of the game and we judged it well. Each game (play to) what situation we find ourselves in; try and be flexible in that.”