India cricket February 27, 2014

What next from Ashwin? Medium pace?

Reacting to the new bowling action R Ashwin used against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, former India spinner Maninder Singh says the bowler is experimenting so much that he is bound to lose his consistency

R Ashwin unveiled a new bowling action in India's first Asia Cup game against Bangladesh. "When a bowler starts relying on so many variations he is bound to lose his consistency," writes former India spinner Maninder Singh in the Indian Express.

This was bound to happen with Ravichandran Ashwin. He has been trying so many variations for a very long time now. In this case a bowler is bound to lose his original style and that is exactly what I feel is happening with him. He is basically doing what he is comfortable with at the minute because he doesn't know his original action ... I feel Ashwin is using more variations than he has numbers of balls to bowl in an over. When you do that you are going to lose control. I sometimes wonder what the bowling coach does with him, letting the lead spinner drift away like that.

Also in the Indian Express, Shamik Chakrabarty says Ashwin's reworked action came out of the blue.

If anything it looked like a taller, heftier version of Sunil Narine was in action donning India colours ... The change in action had come out of nowhere. There were no hints of it in the nets during India's practice session on the eve of their Asia Cup opener. In fact, Ashwin hardly bowled and seemed more keen on working on his batting skills. Replicating Narine in a bid to get back to wicket-taking ways might come across as a desperate move. But the desperation is understandable. It was also an indication of the 27-year-old's muddled state of mind.