Indian spinners should go early to adapt to English conditions, says Sunil Joshi

Ashwin and Jadeja, two top class spinners, have had limited success in overseas conditions so far.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja (PTI)

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are both top class spinners. They are absolutely lethal as a pair in conditions with a bit of help, but it is in non-helpful ones that they've had limited success so far.

Both were effective in first half of their Test careers and are ever evolving. They are yet to play a full series in England and New Zealand. They are likely to only get better and this where the former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi has a word of advice for India's best. 

Looking ahead to the five match Test tour to England this summer, Sunil has advocated the duo to go early to the country and to try & adapt to those conditions early. 

He recently told Sportstar that, “Spinners should go early and feel the conditions better. Straightaway going there and playing a three-day game or a four-day game may not help them. Spending a week or at least 10 days and bowling in different weather conditions will be more comfortable for the Indian spinners,”

Sunil himself has played club cricket in England and understand bowling in those conditions. He said, “In England, breeze plays an important role. When the sun comes out, the wind will be there. The conditions will be chillier when it is cloudy. You got to have a specific objective to counter it. That needs to be addressed, Today, spinners are not just bowlers, they are wicket-takers in all formats of the game. At times, you can shift roles, but you cannot write off-spinners from a particular format,” 

He further dwelled, “We all know what [Yuzvendra] Chahal and Kuldeep [Chahal] did [in South Africa]. England will not have the same surfaces. Bowling with and against the breeze is challenging there. The young spinners should be able to negotiate that, You need to know your spinners, who would withstand in all the five Tests, and who would be your back-up. I am sure the Indian coaching staff will have this in mind,”

(Inputs from Sportstar)


By Kashish Chadha - 17 Jun, 2018

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