India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled well with his variations in the ongoing Test series between India and England.
Cricket news: Ashwin had picked seven wickets in the beginning of the series but later faded away
His trickery caught the Brits off guard in the Edgbaston Test, where he picked up seven wickets, but had not added more to the wicket tally since then.
After the first match Ashwin was seen revealing his tricks to Ian Ward during an interview which has left former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar infuriated as he called Ashwin foolish for revealing his tricks.
In the first Test at Edgbaston, captain Kohli decided to bring on the ace spinner in the 7th over of the first innings much to everyone’s surprise.
But the spinner responded beautifully with a gem of a delivery which castled England’s opener and former captain Alastair Cook. Ashwin later took another three wickets and ended with four wickets in the first innings.
He backed his performance with three more scalps in the second innings as he ended the match with fantastic bowling figures of 7/121.
But after the first Test, he added only a solitary wicket from four innings and has also become doubtful for the fourth Test due to injury.
In his column for Sportstar Live, Sunil Gavaskar has come down hard on Ashwin for revealing his tricks to Ian Ward as Gavaskar believes that video could have been used by the England think tank and has played Ashwin out.
“This recording will no doubt be used by the England think-tank and especially their batsmen when they sit down before every Test to plan how to counter the Indian bowlers and particularly Ashwin. It was like a magician revealing his bag of tricks to the audience. Perhaps it won’t make a difference and Ashwin will go onto bag heaps of wickets in the rest of the series too, but if he doesn’t then he has only himself to blame,” he wrote.
Undoubtedly Ashwin is an exceptional bowler, but he should not have been carried away with the success of the first Test and should not have unveiled his variations.