The former Australian off-spinner Ashley Mallett complimented Ravichandran Ashwin as superb but hailed Erapalli Prasanna as the best off-spinner of all time.
India’s present leading spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was recently awarded man-of-the series against South Africa for the four-Test match series. He picked up 31 wickets in the four Test matches.
Ashwin and fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja made the Proteas’ life difficult in the recently ended Test series.
Before this Test series, Ashwin also performed great in the Sri Lanka Test series and against South Africa in limited over format cricket before his injury. He also performed decently in the 2015 ICC World Cup. Currently, Ashwin is the highest wicket-taker in this calendar year with 62 wickets in 9 matches.
Ashley Mallett was an Australian off-spinner, who played 38 Tests for Australia and picked up 132 wickets. He also played 9 ODIs where he took 11 wickets. He was one of the players who played the historical first ever one-day international cricket, which was played between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 5th January, 1971. He was glad to see that the Indian off-spinner continuously troubled the South African Batsmen.
Last December, Mallett was not happy to see Ashwin out of the playing XI in the Adelaide Test. He told Mid-Day.com on Monday, “Traditionally, Australia have been worried by off-spin and Ashwin is a handy batsman too. Australia would have got only around 300 had Ashwin been in the side (they scored 517-7 declared in the first innings). Mind you, (Erapalli) Prasanna would have bowled them out for 80,”
He added, “Ashwin has bowled really well against the South Africans, but he is not on the same street as Erapalli Prasanna.”
Then Mallett told about another former Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna. Mallett said, “Look at the quality of batsmen Prasanna bowled to. He was the best off-spinner of all time. He made the ball dip like no other Test bowler. There were only two bowlers who could get the ball to flutter through the air. One was Shane Warne who I didn’t play against and the other was Prasanna,”