With the tests against Sri Lanka due to begin soon, the onus from India’s bowling front is on R. Ashwin to deliver the goods. Ashwin has been India’s best spinner since quite a while and has always remained among the wickets. However, somewhere down the line, Ashwin has not completely played his part in winning India test matches overseas. A lot of critics have bashed Ashwin for this, but have also forgotten that he was in the early days of his career, when India toured rigorously overseas.
Anil Kumble, India’s spin bowling legend has spoken fully in support of Ashwin, and has said that people must remain patient with the spinner. Kumble also said that Ashwin would excel in the years to come. “I think he’s a fantastic bowler”, said Kumble about Ashwin, “What he has achieved is phenomenal and I think the critics haven’t been fair to him.”Comparing Ashwin’s issues to his own, the 44-year-old said, “It’s hard to be a spinner and perform abroad, you need to be a little tolerant.”
Kumble then spoke about his playing days and said, “It doesn’t matter how you get the wickets.” “At the end of the day you need to win the game and if a leg-spinner can get the wickets by bowling off spinners, it doesn’t matter,” said Kumble.
Speaking up about his memorable spell to Brian Lara when he bowled with a broken jaw, Kumble said, “Always believed that if my shoulder is fine, I am fit to bowl”, said the man from Bangalore, “I knew the wicket had something and watching Sachin bowl his leggies got me excited. I wanted to make a contribution. Moreover, my jaw needed an operation so, it didn’t matter how broken it was.”
Regarding the lack of potential spin talent in India, Kumble said, “There are a lot of young spinners in India. Karn Sharma, Axar Patel and Shreyas Gopal are very talented but you need to be patient with them.”
Regarding the IPL as a whole, Kumble was very optimistic, and said, “IPL will bounce back stronger. It has changed the way cricket is played and it will only get better in the future.”