Seeing their dominance in the ongoing World Cup thus far, out-of-favour India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that the Virat Kohli-led side would rule this showpiece tournament like Australia did in 2003 and 2007.
The Men in Blue are having a great time in the mega event, thrashing South Africa by 6 wickets in the first match and then followed it with a convincing 36-run victory over Australia.
“…India will go on to dominate this World Cup like Australia did in 2003 and 2007,” Ashwin quoted as saying by PTI.
He also showered rich praise on India’s wrist spin duo – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
“Chahal and Kuldeep have been doing well for a while now. Chahal has performed well in the World Cup also.”
On off-spinners not being preferred in the playing XI nowadays, Ashwin said that things would soon change.
“I think off spin is not very much (seen these days). The commodity in the game has changed. A lot of cricketers are right-handers and requirement of left-arm spinners are lot more. But I think what goes comes around.
“Requirement of off-spinner in shortest format has become lesser but if you look at the IPL this year it was Harbhajan Singh and myself… I did not necessarily bowl offspin, it is perception and it will change, if you give can yourself a chance,” he said.
Nottinghamshire roped in Ashwin for the second half of the county season last month. Informing about his second stint, the 32-year-old said he would be leaving for England on June 23.
“I will be leaving for England on June 23 to play for English county team Nottinghamshire. Let us see how it goes.”