Former England cricketer Graeme Swann has exclaimed that Ravichandran Ashwin could make the difference for India. Ashwin is a good overseas bowler, and said that he should have been playing in the first Test match of the series at Lord’s.
Speaking to BCCI.TV about Ashwin, Swann said that he hasn’t bowled enough overseas to be judged yet. When one gets used to bowling in India it is not easy to adjust quickly to bowling overseas. That’s because in India it is very easy to find the right pace to bowl at as a spinner as compared to these conditions. Since most wickets in India are pretty slow and low, even if you are a little wayward, you don’t get punished. In England and especially Australia, if you pitch it slightly short or wide, you get smashed. He is pretty much sure that Ashwin can bowl really well outside India because his record in India is fantastic. And if he can do it there he can do it anywhere other than India.
Swann also had a suggestion that Ashwin should get batsmen to face him on English wickets, and ask their opinion on the balls they found difficult. Since Ashwin not been playing so far, he has a good chance to work his way on the English wickets – go to the nursery grounds, get batsmen to face him, bowl quiet different deliveries, vary his pace and ask the batsman ask question such as ‘alright, what works? What is easy and what feels dangerous’? That’s what Swann used to do. Swann used to take a batsman and tell him, he will bowl you five ball and used to ask them which one he did or didn’t enjoy facing. He inquired which one they didn’t give monkeys about. Sometimes Swann realized that what felt better to him, was not necessarily what most batsmen found tough.
In the interview, Swann accepted that wickets in England were getting slower and it was proving helpful for spinners, and wished he could still play. Swann exclaimed that he could still play. Watching the last game and this too, he wished more than anything else that he was out there playing instead of talking about the game. But it’s not meant to be. So this is what he had to say about the ongoing test.