Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to India’s T20I squad for the ongoing five-match series against West Indies. He hasn’t disappointed as he has been able to stay economical and hasn’t leaked runs. He has been able to control the run flow along with taking important wickets in the middle phase of the game. Now, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar talks about how Ashwin has mastered the art of being economical in the shortest format of the game.
“Who are his competitors now? You have Chahal who is a surefire spinner in his current form. Then you have Axar Patel, you have Jadeja who can bowl a little bit. Hooda bowled an over in the last game, so your You have Kuldeep Yadav, you have Ravichandran Ashwin. I think the selection of Ashwin on this tour was fantastic. In the Indian T20 league over the years, Ashwin has started to make an impact. I love Ashwin when he is like Chahal. So, it is not on Ashwin to turn the tide,” Manjrekar said on Sports18’s daily sports news show ‘Sports Over the Top’.
“You know, the job of a spinner in T20 cricket, in the middle stage, is to get wickets for South Africa like Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj. Whereas Ashwin was a little lacking as a T20 spinner. He focused a lot on the economy. But when you have someone like Chahal, or some other wicket-taking wrist spinner, Ashwin becomes a big compliment because Ashwin has mastered the art of being economical in T20 cricket. A couple of wickets was a great sign, but that’s what you get with Ashwin, who compliments the other main wicket-taker in the team.”
Manjrekar also pointed out how Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal cannot work as a pair in the shortest format.
“I don’t think India will ever use a combination. At least in T20 cricket where you have both Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav playing together as two spinners. Either it will be Axar Patel or Chahal or it will be Ashwin. Will be or Chahal, or if Chahal is unfit, they can play Kuldeep Yadav as a gamble in one game. I don’t think Chahal and Kuldeep are reuniting, maybe in 50-over cricket,” Manjrekar said. Told.
Ashwin has played three T20 matches in the current series, in which he has taken 3 wickets. He has also made useful contributions with the bat coming down the order.
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