Former New Zealand cricketer John Bracewell said Indian ace spinner is the best in business with the introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS), as he keeps it (ball) straight on the line to make things further difficult for the batsman before praising Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon for his subtle variation in pace and flight when he rolls over his arm during the bowling.
“He [Ashwin] is very dexterous and is the best DRS bowler in the world because he bowls much straighter and hits the batsmen’s pads pretty regularly,” Bracewell was quoted as saying by India Express.
The 58-year-old former Kiwis’ off-spinner Bracewell, who is currently in India with his side Ireland as a coach for the bilateral series against Afghanistan which consisted of three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-day Internationals said Ashwin is doubly effective than his counterpart from Australia Nathan Lyon when it comes to the DRS.
“Ashwin is a contrasting bowler when you compare him to a Lyon. Both are essentially off-spinners, but Ashwin bowls more in the tramlines, and he gets the ball to skid and drop cleverly,” Bracewell said.
The right-arm spinner had so far claimed 15 wickets in the ongoing four-match Border-Gavaskar Tests series against Australia.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has shown the disliking for the referrals, but it was introduced in India last year. In past few series’, the hosts’ had made use of the DRS which however did not yield goods for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli since its implementation in the country.
Speaking on Lyon, Bracewell expressed the spinner has improved a lot and has been a positive sign for Australia after the 4-0 drubbing in India in 2013.
“He gets nice loop and has developed an over-spin ball which he uses to good effect. Look at him he is far more improved and confident bowler than what he was during the 2013 series,” said Bracewell said on Lyon.
Bracewell believes Lyon is the good prospect for the visitors, the way he bowls with clean action during the matches.
“The frequent trips to the sub-continent have helped him gain experience and add variety in his bowling,” Bracewell revealed.
Bracewell recalled Lyon further reminded him of his young days when he used to bowl.
“Watching Lyon bowl is an incredibly thrilling experience. His style reminded me a lot of myself. He has a clean action, bowls outside off-stump and brings it back into the right-hander,” Bracewell remarked.
The Auckland-born Bracewell had played 53 One-day Internationals and 41 Tests for New Zealand in which he had bagged 155 wickets across all formats in international cricket.