: Dinesh Karthik: Off-Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin And Pacer Kapil Dev Should Be Spoken Of In The Same Breath
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Off-Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin And Pacer Kapil Dev Should Be Spoken Of In The Same Breath: Dinesh Karthik

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Dinesh Karthik feels veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be considered an all-time great in Indian cricket, especially in the game’s longest format. One of the finest spinners of his generation, Ravichandran Ashwin’s all-around show paved the way for Ajinkya Rahane-led India to stage an incredible comeback on a penultimate Day 4 of the 1st Test match between New Zealand and hosts India at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. 

After Ajinkya Rahane-led Team India side was reduced to 51/5 in their 2nd innings, Ravichandran Ashwin played a perfect second fiddle to an in-form batsman Shreyas Iyer to help the hosts bounce back on the penultimate day of the series opener.

The senior spinner then showcased his bowling exploits in New Zealand’s 2nd innings by getting the better of opener Will Young to make sure India finish the day ahead of the Kane Williamson-led side.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Dinesh Karthik Admits Ravichandran Ashwin, And Kapil Dev Should Be Spoken In The Same Breath

Talking about Ravichandran Ashwin playing a crucial role in the 1st Test at Kanpur, Indian batter Dinesh Karthik described the veteran off-spinner as one of the greatest matchwinners for India in the longest format.

Dinesh Karthik opined that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and legendary pace all-rounder Kapil Dev should be spoken of in the same breath when it comes to Indian cricket. The Indian wicketkeeper batter and former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper opined that Ravichandran Ashwin and Kapil Dev are definitely two of the best all-rounders Team India has ever had for a long period of time.

Dinesh Karthik feels veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be considered an all-time great in Indian cricket | Photo: IANS/ AP
Dinesh Karthik feels veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be considered an all-time great in Indian cricket | Photo: IANS/ AP

“Obviously, I don’t think I am in a place to judge both of them, but I must admit that they should be spoken of in the same breath when it comes to Indian cricket because both of them have been match-winners, have been exemplary, and have been definitely the two best all-rounders to have come out of this soil for a long, long time,” Dinesh Karthik explained. 

Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with a crucial 32 off 62 balls before Shreyas Iyer (62) and Wriddhiman Saha (61*) slammed half-centuries as India declared at 234 for 7 in the 2nd innings.

Dinesh Karthik Reckns Ravichandran Ashwin Is Among India’s Best All-rounders

The senior spinner then became the joint third-highest wicket-taker for India in Test history when he removed New Zealand’s Will Young on Day 4 of the 1st Test at Kanpur.

“You have to put him there (among India’s best all-rounders) with the number of Man of the Series he has won, the accolades he has got obviously. Getting 417 wickets in 80 Tests is an unbelievable record to have and the fact that he’s contributed and scored five hundred, much more than a lot of the batters who play for a longer period of time in Test matches.

“There are people who have played 30-35 Tests, and still haven’t managed five hundreds,” Dinesh Karthik added.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played 5 T20Is since his comeback in the limited-overs format after a gap of 4 years. He has picked 9 scalps at an average of 11.66 and an economy rate of 5.25, and a strike rate of 13.3. The 35-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017 before being sidelined from one-day cricket following the Champions Trophy debacle.

He was left out from all 4 Tests that India played on the England tour, despite being the leading wicket-taker in the squad by picking up 417 wickets in the 80 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.53. As a result, India registered a whitewash against 2021 T20 World Cup finalists New Zealand, winning the bilateral T20I series 3-0 in a convincing fashion before narrowly missing an outright win in the 1st Test.

Two Indian-born cricketers, Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra, showed remarkable resilience under fading light and on a deteriorating track to defy India’s famous spinners, eking out a thrilling draw for New Zealand in the opening Test on Monday.

Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja (4/40), put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times. Still, Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on an even keel in the two-match series.

India 345 (Iyer 105, Gill 52, Jadeja 50, Southee 5-69, Jamieson 3-91) and 234 for 7 dec (Iyer 65, Saha 61, Jamieson 3-40, Southee 3-75) drew with New Zealand 296 (Latham 95, Young 89, Axar 5-62, Ashwin 3-82) and 165 for 9 (Latham 52, Jadeja 4-40, Ashwin 3-35)

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