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Spinners have struggled in this IPL: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
Kings XI Punjab batsman Manan Vohra (R) and Rising Pune Supergiants bowler Ravichandran Ashwin look on during the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab at The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on April 17, 2016. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that the spinners have struggled in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ashwin features in the Rising Pune Supergiants’ (RPS) squad in this season of IPL and his team had been underperformed with just 3 wins out of 11 matches so far.

Coming into the season, Ashwin was considered to be one of the trump cards of the newly formed team RPS. But he looked totally out of his usual form and had been under-bowled at times by his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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Talking to Espncricinfo, he said, “There was one good spell from Amit Mishra and one good spell from Axar Patel in this IPL. Apart from that, the spinners have struggled to stay in context of the game. It is not easy, me included. Although I haven’t gone for many runs, to bowl an attacking line or speeds has been a bit of a challenge so far.”

Ravi Ashwin also said that the balance between bat and ball is going out of the game with small sized grounds and with power hitters. “There is subtle difference in a T20 and a Test match. The sheer class of a batsman can convert a good delivery in a Test, but I don’t think that will happen in a T20 game. The viewers and experts will have to change their phrase by saying, “It was sheer power that dealt with that good delivery. I am afraid the game is shifting. Skill and finesse is going out and it is becoming a power-oriented game – which is all right, but the ground sizes and the wicket quality need to be readdressed. There is balance that needs to be struck. If you see it only as complete entertainment, then I would agree with what is happening.”

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