Harbhajan Singh Believes Ravichandran Ashwin Still Important For Indian Limited-Overs Sides
Due to the inconsistent bowling performances, the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lost his place from the Indian limited-overs sides. Ashwin last time played the white-ball international cricket in July 2017.
Apart from playing 69 Tests (362 wickets), Ravichandran Ashwin has also played 111 ODIs and 46 T20Is where he has picked up 150 and 52 wickets respectively. Despite not playing the T20I cricket for more than last two years, Ashwin is still the most T20I wicket-taker as an Indian bowler.
Ravichandran Ashwin is currently in a very good form in Test cricket. The off-spinner is now picking up wickets regularly and the opposition batsmen are feeling discomfort to face him.
Observing the recent form, Harbhajan Singh has backed Ravichandran Ashwin for the limited-overs cricket.
Harbhajan recently told PTI, “If you are looking to bowl a spinner up front (which Sundar has been doing in T20s), you rather have a wicket-taker, which Ashwin is. Why not (give him a chance)? He has also done a good job with the red ball recently.”
Harbhajan Singh believes that the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin’s presence will help the young Indian spinners to grow up quickly and properly for the limited-overs cricket.
Harbhajan added, “Ashwin spins the ball, he has got more variations. Someone like Sundar needs to learn. I want him to do well. I am all for blooding in youngsters but they must learn else they will be replaced, considering the stiff competition.”
Harbhajan Singh also defended Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav
Till the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the wrist-spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav dominated the Indian limited-overs team. However, the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav is struggling in this year. Meanwhile, the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is bowling very well at the present moment.
Harbhajan Singh feels that Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are still the best wicket-taking bowling options for India at the present moment.
The veteran off-spinner said, “They are your wicket-takers. People who are wicket-takers will always be in the game, be it Kuldeep or Chahal or whoever.”
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