Ravichandran Ashwin will be a match-winner even in overseas conditions: Sachin Tendulkar
by Arya Author
Published - Feb 4, 2017 9:01 pm | Updated - Feb 4, 2017 9:02 pm
Indian spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin is having a dream run in international cricket especially in the longest format of the game and his record-breaking spree has helped India win all their Test series in the year 2016. Ashwin bagged as many as 72 Test wickets in the calendar year of 2016 and courtesy his exploits, he also became only the 3rd Indian cricketer after Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar to bag the prestigious ICC Player of the Year Award.
Ashwin’s rise to fame has seen its fair shares of ups and downs. In the early part of his career, he was criticised for experimenting too much and not sticking to his line and length but in the past couple of years he has relied on his strengths and the results are there for everyone to see.
Former Indian captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar during an exclusive conversation with India Today said that the star off-spinner has completely changed as a bowler in the last 2 years and his maturity is showing in his bowling.
“In the last two years, Ashwin has changed completely as a bowler. He has become a complete bowler, who has got control over the situation and how he wants to approach a spell is completely different,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by India Today during the launch of Boria Majumdar’s Fanatic Sports Museum which is India’s first multi-sports museum which started in Kolkata very recently.
“Earlier, I thought he was experimenting too much but now he is a matured off-spinner. We need to see how it goes abroad and wins matches for India and I am sure the way he is been performing, he will be able to do so,” Tendulkar added.
Not only Ashwin has been a successful bowler but his lower order batting skills have helped Virat Kohli play an extra bowler depending upon the conditions. Ashwin has batted ahead of wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha in the last few tours which are a clear indication of the confidence that Kohli has on Ashwin as a batsman.
“I think we have a very good team, a balanced side. The strength lies in our batters being able to bowl little bit and the bowlers being able to bat. R Ashwin, who is batting at No.7 of No.8, has four Test hundreds then we surely feel that we have enough strength in our batting. Then the bowlers, both and Ravindra Jadeja, have done very well,” said Tendulkar.
Tendulkar heaped praises on Virat Kohli and lauded him for the consistency he has shown in all three formats besides mentioning the aggressive brand of cricket which India is playing at the moment under Kohli’s able leadership.
“We are playing aggressive cricket, attacking cricket and producing good results. It is not up to individuals. India as a team needs to play well. Of course, you need a good leader, which I see in Virat Kohli. Obviously, his consistency in batting has been remarkable but you need the team to win matches to bring back the crowds and we have been doing that,” Tendulkar concluded.