Ravichandran Ashwin responds after a fan questions why teams have been failing to clean up tailenders

Ravichandran Ashwin responds after a fan questions why teams have been failing to clean up tailenders

Starting his career as a bowler and scalping 365 wickets with the red ball, Ashwin has also managed to gather 2389 Test runs and four centuries.

Ravi Ashwin
Ravi Ashwin. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

India’s Test mainstay Ravichandran Ashwin has been quite active on social media amid the pandemic. The off-spinner has conducted many Question & Answer sessions as well as interviews at a time when cricket in India has been halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

During a recent Q&A session on Twitter, Ashwin was asked by a fan about significant factor responsible for teams not being able to clean up the tail quickly. The fan also questioned Ashwin how the teams can improve on cleaning up the tail. It was a rational question as many teams including India have struggled a lot to scalp the wickets of tailenders with ease.

India also struggled to dismiss Sam Curran during their England tour in 2018. Along with the ball, Curran delivered with the bat too, gathering 272 runs in four Test including two half-centuries. His vital contributions with the bat played a key role in England securing the series 4-1.

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Ashwin responded to the fan’s question by comically saying that tailenders must bat like tailenders for starters. He also admitted that times have changed now and many bowlers have enhanced their ability to bat at the end of the innings. Same is the case with Ashwin, whose batting expeditions have improved with time.

Starting his career as a bowler and scalping 365 wickets with the red ball, Ashwin has also managed to gather 2389 Test runs and four centuries. With the white ball, he has plucked 150 and 52 wickets in 111 ODIs and 46 T20Is respectively.

33-year-old Ashwin has been a part of the national side for more than a decade now. Having made his Test debut in 2011, he has vast experience under his belt in all three formats. Ashwin will be donning the Delhi Capitals jersey in the thirteenth edition of the IPL, set to be hosted in the UAE from September 19th amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The off-spinner, who shot to limelight while playing for CSK in 2010, has played 139 matches and has scalped 125 wickets in the cash-rich league. He was a part of Kings XI Punjab before he was traded to the Delhi franchise before IPL 2020.