The former New Zealand captain, Stephen Fleming has worked with Ravichandran Ashwin for a number of six years as the coach of the Chennai Super Kings and Stephen Fleming said that Ashwin is someone who is “statistically motivated” and also bit of a “cricket tragic” due to his work ethics and sincerity. In the present World Cup, Ashwin has been a brilliant bowler for India and he has bagged 11 wickets so far from 5 matches at an economy rate of less than four.
Fleming also said that he has always been impressed with Ashwin as Ashwin is such a good student of the game with brilliant work ethic. Fleming also said that he looked at the matter when he creates a new delivery. He also said that he loves the game, also he thinks very hard and perhaps he is in one way cricket tragic and motivated statistically. Fleming said these during a promotional event of the World Cup.
He also said that Ashwin needs confidence from the team and when he gets that from the seam bowlers who take wickets right upfront. And when Ashwin gets the confidence, it enables him to attack. It was with the Chennai Super Kings, in IPL 2013 that the emergence of Mohit Sharma started and no wonder it is obvious that Fleming is happy with his development.
Also, India had a weakness so far with respect to their third seamer and they had turned it into one of their strengths. Also the return of Ishant Sharma could have worsened things for India. He also said that he has seen Mohit’s development closely and his work with Andy Bichel has been pretty much impressive according to Fleming.
Fleming said that Mohit had performed decently well against Pakistan and he has got a good amount of confidence. He also said that Indian pacers are bowling in 140 kmph to 145 kmph mark and that is a great sign for the team. Moreover, India will now have to think about the knockout stages of the tournament and bowlers like Ashwin and Mohit are the real strengths of the team.