Challenging both sides of the bat gives me the edge, R Ashwin on his success against left handers

R Ashwin only bowler to dismiss 200 left-hand batsmen in Tests.

Ravichandran Ashwin | GettyTeam India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the most successful bowlers for the team in the longest format of the game. While the bowler has a lot of variations, the off-spinner has been particularly lethal against left-handers.

In his recent interaction, Ashwin said that he enjoys success on both sides of the bat even tough he is the only bowler in the history of Test cricket to dismiss over 200 left-handed batsmen.

I would like to think that it is because I challenge both sides of the edge. I get a batsman out through the inside edge and the outside and get the slip, short leg and silly point in play. I think that is one of the reasons the left-handers find it difficult,the Chennai-based off-spinner told Sportstar.

Also, I change the angle; I go over the wicket and to the extremes for around the stumps also. So challenging both sides of the bat gives me the edge,” he added.

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While the Indian team is preparing for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, which begins Juen 18, the 34-year-old talked about the Kiwis having an advantage going into the final.

We have played well to get to the World Test Championship final, and we are deservedly there. They are a fantastic team and have a lot of exciting cricketers. The fact that they would have played a couple of Test matches before the final will be good preparation for them. So we have to adapt; use our experience, and be ready,” Ashwin signed off.

Virat Kohli led Team India will be taking on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the WTC final at Southampton from June 18.

(With Sportstar Inputs)


By Swapnil Shireesh Javkhedkar - 13 Jun, 2021

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