Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin has recently made a comeback in the ongoing T20I series against West Indies. In the absence of Chahal, Ashwin has been making his presence in the playing XI. The Indian veteran hasn’t managed to pick a lot of wickets but has been economical with his bowling spells.
Observing the same, Indian commentator and ex-cricketer, Sanjay Manrekar has said that Ashwin hasn’t disappointed the fans as he has been able to contain the runs in the middle overs and picked crucial wickets as well.
“Who are his competitors now? You’ve got Chahal who’s confirmed for the spinner on current form. Then you’ve got Axar Patel, you’ve got Jadeja who could do a bit of bowling. Hooda bowled one over in the last game, then you’ve got Kuldeep Yadav, you’ve got Ravichandran Ashwin. I think Ashwin’s selection on this tour was an excellent one. In the last couple of years in the Indian T20 league, Ashwin has started making an impact. I like Ashwin when he’s with somebody like Chahal. So, the onus is not on Ashwin to change the tide,” Manjrekar said on SPORTS18’s daily sports news show ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP’.
Manjrekar believes that Ashwin, who has been economical with his spells, can be a great bet to compliment Yuzvendra Chahal in the T20I team.
“You know, the spinner’s job in T20 cricket, in the middle phase, is to get wickets like Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj do for South Africa. That’s where Ashwin lacked a bit as a T20 spinner. He focused a lot on the economy, but when you have somebody like Chahal, or if there’s another wicket-taking wrist spinner, then Ashwin becomes a great compliment because Ashwin has mastered the art of being economical in T20 cricket. In the first T20, a couple of wickets was a great sign, but that’s what you’ll get with Ashwin, that compliment to the other main wicket-taking spinner in the team,” he added.
Ashwin has played all three matches in the ongoing T20I series and has managed to pick 3 wickets. The fourth T20I is slated to be played on Saturday in Florida.