India spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin is all set for the challenge of facing some of the biggest hitters in the game when his side play the West Indies in a ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash in Perth on Friday. Defending champions India are top of Pool B, with three wins from as many games, but the third-placed West Indies are also in the hunt for a quarter-final place with two wins from four matches.
The West Indies piled up 372 for two in their win over Zimbabwe, with dynamic left handed opener Chris Gayle making 215, the highest individual World Cup score, and Marlon Samuels an unbeaten 133. Gayle has long been regarded as one of the most powerful shot-makers in the game, but Ashwin said Thursday that aggressive batting was now commonplace in all one-day international cricket.
It is not just Chris Gayle, it is any other batsman in world cricket. Anybody who attacks wants to put you off, said Ashwin at Perth’s WACA ground. He also said that he would go strongly for getting the wicket of any batsman that he thinks is dangerous for the team’s well being because he likes it. He even likes to throw himself in the middle and try to see how much he can make an impact in that particular game. Be it Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers anybody, he looks to get them out in the middle of their course of action.
Amidst all the blazing hitting of this World Cup, Ashwin has so far taken eight wickets at an impressively low average of 13.37 apiece. Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble recently said he saw something of his own determination in Ashwin’s bowling, much to his slow-bowling successor’s delight.
India has been in fine form so far this World Cup, with wins over Pakistan, South Africa and the UAE. But Ashwin warned they still had work to do if they were to qualify for the quarter-finals.
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