October 21, 2013

Indian cricket

The Ashwin conundrum

With just three wickets from three games in the ongoing series against Australia, and struggling to provide a breakthrough for India during the middle overs, R Ashwin has attracted his fair share of critics. Erapalli Prasanna and Ashwin's coach, WV Raman, spoke to Shamik Chakrabarty of the Indian Express about the offspinner's current predicament.

Erapalli Prasanna suggests that bowling with the new ball or having fewer fielders on the boundary is not so much the problem as inaccurate bowling. "Ashwin doesn't have the ability to bowl to his field. You can try many things but you have to ensure that at least 60 per cent of the times it must work. Having just four fielders outside the circle does not give a spinner much room to experiment but under pressure he is trying too many different things, losing his line and length in the process."

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