Ravichandran Ashwin clarified, said- I will never ask ICC to relax the rules to help ‘doosra’



Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday clarified that he would never say that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should relax the 15-degree rule to help bowl the ‘doosra’. Ashwin’s clarification came after some media reports cited the off-spinner’s YouTube channel and quoted him for asking the apex cricket body to relax the rule. Ashwin saw an article on Twitter and replied: “Really?? Please, don’t put up with the wrong stuff!! I would never say that.” In another tweet, the spinner said: “Wrong Wrong Wrong!! My channel has been created for all the right reasons and viewers to know cricket better. If you don’t find such basics in correct translation, please do like this.” Don’t keep the poor news.”

Ashwin has taken 409 wickets in 78 Tests at an average of 24.69, including 30 five-wicket hauls and seven 10-wicket hauls. He is also India’s fourth highest wicket-taker in the longest format.

Earlier, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar had said that he has a problem with people calling Ashwin the greatest of all time as the spinner doesn’t have enough five-wicket hauls in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries.

“One of the fundamental problems I have with Ashwin is that when you look at army countries, where Indians find themselves out of their comfort zones, it’s amazing to see that they don’t have a single five-wicket haul. No. In all these countries,” Manjrekar said on ESPN Cricinfo’s program “Run Order”.

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“Secondly – you talk about him running on Indian pitches when the pitch suits his kind of bowling. But in the last four years, Ravindra Jadeja has matched him with the ability to take wickets throughout the series Therefore, Ashwin is not a person who rises above others.

Manjrekar said, “Interestingly, in the last series against England, Axar Patel took more wickets than Ashwin on similar pitches. That is my problem with considering Ashwin as the greatest player of all time.

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