- Ravichandran Ashwin arrived in England yesterday to join the Indian test team ahead of the 5-match test series against the hosts
- Sourav Ganguly spoke to Cricbuzz and lent his support to Ashwin
- The former Indian captain believes that Ashwin has the temperament to reinvent himself and still be relevant in the Indian test side
In latest cricket news, Ravichandran Ashwin and other test specialist reached England yesterday, to join up with the Indian team, which is currently preparing for a 4-day practice match against Essex before the test series against England starting from August 1st in Birmingham.
Start of the second innings for Ashwin’s test career
Ashwin who has picked up over 300 wickets in test matches quicker than most spinners in the history of the longest format of the game, is currently going through a period of reinvention, which he started from IPL 2018, where he started bowling leg-spin as a variation to his normal off-spinners. The 31-year-old has lost his space in the limited-over format but is hoping to make a return to the ODI side before the 2019 World Cup in England.
Can’t allow R. Ashwin to fade away – Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly spoke to Harsha Bhogle recently about the state of Indian test team in the run-up to the all-important 5 test matches against England. When questioned about the future of finger spinners and in particular a player like Ravi Ashwin, Ganguly said, “You can’t let him (Ashwin) fade away so quickly because 300 wickets is not a matter of joke. We always feel that what’s not playing is probably better but it’s not the case sometimes.
I think Ashwin has a place in the side, he will reinvent himself because he feels challenged by the competition in the squad. He knows that Kuldeep Yadav is up for his test place, which will happen very soon. We saw the leg-spin in the IPL and he will get better. But all must realize that 300 wickets don’t come like that, so he deserves a lot more opportunities.”
Having lost his space in the limited overs side for quite some time now, critics have been behind Ashwin to improve his performances in the longest format of the game but there is no doubting the fact that there very few in the world, who can be lethal with the ball and at the same time be effective with the bat like him.
Before the test series starts on August 1st, Indian captain Virat Kohli will have a few big decisions to make regarding the playing 11. The one major question that will be discussed among the Indian management will be whether to go in with 2 spinners or just 1 spinner and which spinner should that be.
Kuldeep Yadav who picked up 9 wickets in the 3 match ODI series and finished as the highest wicket-taker has been picked in the test squad for the first 3 matches but it is very unlikely that he is going to be picked up ahead of the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who are ranked 5th and 3rd on ICC Test Bowlers Ranking.
WATCH: You can’t let R Ashwin fade away – Sourav Ganguly