Azharuddin showers praises on Virat Kohli and R. Ashwin
The former captain of Indian cricket team, Mohammad Azharuddin, has showered praises on the Test skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian off-spinner R Ashwin after their brilliant show in the recently concluded Test series against new Zealand. “I think from the last World Cup, Ashwin’s bowling has totally changed. He is bowling a good line and length,” Azhar said during a talk at IndiaToday.
“He is not trying too much and bowling well within himself. Once you start bowling well within yourself, you would try and bowl better, think better and I think the way he has performed over the last year, in the previous series also, I think he will go on to win many more matches for India and hopefully perform on pitches where spin is not very conducive.” He added.
His praises have come after the Indian all-rounder bagged seventh Man of the Series award in his short Test career. The off-spinner pouched a total of 27 wickets in the series which is 45% of total taken by Indian bowlers. He also scored 71 runs in the series, thus, playing his role to the best of his ability.
Azhar further also praised the Test skipper for winning fourth consecutive Test series and said “Kohli has proved time and again that he is one of finest players in the world at the moment and I only feel that maybe on a wicket where the ball is swinging, he might struggle a little bit but with the form he is in… if he can continue like that… I think he will overcome that as well,”.
Kohli was quite instrumental in the series as he scored a double century in the third Test of the series, which was his second double ton of the year. He led the team from the front whitewashing the Kiwis by a margin of 3-0.
Azhar raised his voice in support of DRS and supported BCCI decision to have a look at DRS once again and said “I would say it’s a very good idea. They should have decided on the DRS long back. I think I said it two or three years back also because if you see there are so many close games India have lost on foreign soil,
“Had we had the DRS system, those decisions would have got in our favour and we would have won so many games. But I think It’s a good idea and I really feel common sense has prevailed now and hope they take a positive stand on DRS,” Azhar said.
Recently, Azhar was one of the invitees who were invited by BCCI to attend the first Test match between Indian and New Zealand at Kanpur. He was also felicitated with other former captains for their contribution to Indian cricket on the occasion of 500th Test match of Indian cricket team.
Azhar, in his 15 years of international career played a total of 99 Test matches and 334 ODI’s. He possesses an average of 45.03 in Test matches whereas 36.92 in the limited overs format. He led Indian team in 47 Test matches and 174 One-dayers with a total 14 wins in Tests and 90 wins in ODI’s.
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