India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day November 8, 2013

Ashwin underlines his batting potential

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Ashwin at ease against pace and spin

Rohit Sharma's 177 is the highest score by a No. 6 Test debutant. There is a reason why No. 6 debutants don't register such big scores. To bat long even as they fight first-Test nerves, they invariably have to manoeuvre the innings with the tail. It involves farming the strike, which calls for both confidence and the calculated risk to keep scoring. You end up getting out or are left stranded when batting with the tail.

Except Rohit didn't have to bat with the tail. His partner for India's record seventh-wicket partnership of 280 - from 156 for 6 - was almost a proper batsman. There was no need to look after R Ashwin. As a Test batsman, he has looked more assured and solid than some of the replacements India have tried for Sourav Ganguly. Ashwin's overall average is better than that of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, and on India's disastrous tour of Australia he was arguably India's most consistent batsman. He already has more centuries than Raina, and is only one behind Yuvraj.

Ashwin works hard on his batting, and he has the requisite skill to be working on. Unlike India's other bowler-batsmen who have always relied on a few big - and risky - shots at the start before settling down, Ashwin faces the bowling with the mindset of a batsman. He might not get enough time to work on the batting because his offspin is of much more value to India, but he takes a lot of pride in his contribution with the bat. Sans the allrounder label, though.

"Honestly I don't expect to be called anything at all," Ashwin said. "I'm just doing my job, and I'd like to do what I do the best. I'd like to improve all the time."

Against England at the same venue last year, Ashwin had similarly ended a day's play close to a century but failed to get there. That memory, he said, didn't give him a nervous sleepless night. "I slept really well," Ashwin said. "I thought, 'Okay, it's just a number.' I had been here, I was 91 not out the last time [at the end of the innings]. I had a good batsman at the other end so I knew I could probably complete my century. I was very pleased with what I did yesterday, probably a little more pleased today that I got a century."

Ashwin has been to the three figures previously, too, against the same opposition in Mumbai. He admitted that previous century was just a bit of a lark, and this one was the real deal. "The last time I got a hundred I had nothing to think about, I was just enjoying myself," Ashwin said. "But this time it was quite different. We were in a lot of trouble. We were in trouble there as well, but I didn't have anything to lose. Here we could have lost the game from there. I just thought I'd stick it out and see how much difference there could be. Just put on a partnership and hang in there."

It helped that Ashwin was batting with one of his favourite batsmen. "Personally I'm a very big fan of Rohit," Ashwin said. "He has always batted very high in the order and I never got a chance to bat with him. This is his Test debut here... and I just went out there and thought, 'Okay, if he has a good day and I could stick together there could be a partnership together.' We enjoyed our time out together. It's very important to communicate with each other and we had a great time."

MS Dhoni was thankful for Ashwin's contribution. "I think if you see, nowadays the way cricket is played, if Nos 8, 9 and 11 can contribute, that becomes a key factor, to have partnerships lower down the order," he said. "I think he batted really well. He can bat like a batsman, and proved it at the Test level. It was good to see the way he batted. He was positive, played his shots and at the same time got a partnership going with Rohit. I think he batted extremely well."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ladycricfan on November 11, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Dhoni and Ashwin are Vishy Anands of cricket, thinking cricketers. With Dhoni's input Ashwin will only get better. His athletisism sometimes looks hilarious but that is the only aspect of the game he has not got the right DNA. But he is a good catcher, has taken some excellent catches in the slips and C and Bowleds.

    Vishy and Carlsen are fighting it out for world chess title in Chennai. Good luck Vishy.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 11, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    @hhillbumper. England may handle him easier, but then there is Jadeja to whom England stumble. Cricket is a team work, so everyone will contribute to the team's victory.

  • BigINDFan on November 10, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    In tests Ind should play 6 specialist batsmen including the wicket keeper and 5 specialist bowlers. Of the 5 bowlers at least 3 of them should bat properly to score 50-100 runs in the lower order which means a total of 300+ in every test match. My vote after Sachin retires is Vijay/Gambhir, Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin, Ojha/Mishra/Jadeja,Bhuvi, Yadav, Shami.

    No Raina or Yuvraj in tests please, they are fine for ODI and T20s. Also Kohli needs to improve his Test cricket or else replace him with another youngster like Rahane or Rayudu. The top 5 batsmen should know how to play pace, swing and short pitched bowling and definitely spin.

    Ashwin is an asset to the Test team since he bats properly and is cool as a bowler. He needs to cut down the short pitched bowling and bowl fuller and spin more.

  • munna_indian on November 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    my only concern regarding ashwin is, he tends to go on the backfoot by pitching the ball short when hit for a mighty heave by the batsman, as mr. bedi would say, spinners should never fear for getting hit and they should consistently tease the batsman as there is a chance of picking more wickets when you draw the batsman of the front foot. out of six balls he bowls in an over, he would bowl more than 3 deliveries pitching short. infact bhajji too went into the oblivion because of the fear of getting hit.

  • Johnny_129 on November 10, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    There people here suggesting that Ashwin should open the batting etc - Pls do not get carried away! India needs Ashwin, the bowler. Putting extra pressure on him will see his bowling suffer - like Shane Watson suffered when pressured to bowl! Ashwin should be told that his primary focus should be on getting wickets or he will become another Irfan Pathan. In saying that, India should give tailenders, including Ashwin, a hit higher up the order, once in a while, whenever the opportunity presents itself - This will allow tailenders to develop with their batting and be able to play longer innings

  • ramz30380 on November 9, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    ...contd Bhajji had the luxury of having a Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Saurav and Laxman in the batting ranks and we must never forget that he had Kumble at the other end mentoring him all the while. In fact Kumble needs to be lauded for moulding Bajji as much as he did - when he retired Bajji was found wanting.

    Ashwin here is on his own, he is trying to find his feet without much help from anyone else except for the coaching staff. This has to be kept in mind by one & all before commenting on his bowling! One bad series against the English does not make him a bad bowler. He is a quick learner - he proved it against the Aussies.

    In the last match against the WI - in the 1st inning he took the crucial wkt of Chanderpaul who is exceptional against spin and in the 2nd innings too took the wkt of two set batsmen in Bravo & Powell. These wkts were crucial in the game ending in 3 days time - so all those who are jumping to wrong conclusions abt this guy, chk these out before passing comments.

  • ramz30380 on November 9, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @munna_indian - Cricket has evolved big time in these past few years. You cannot compare players across eras. Agreed, Ashwin may not be in the same class as the spinning gurus u mentioned, but he is the best in the present scenario. U are blaming Ashwin for not taking wickets when there was a Harbajan and Ojha in the team. U have turned a blind eye to the exceptionally talented Indian batsmen who failed against the spin of Swann and Panesar.

    How can ppl talk abt Ashwin's overseas record when he has played only 3 tests in Australian soil? Ashwin is an asset to the test team - can u plz name another young player among the renowned test playing nations who has a similar all round record with both bat and ball in the present scene?

    Ashwin can contribute to the game - both with bat and ball period. He will be part of the playing XI. He will not become a Harbajan - who started to concentrate on batting rather than bowling. Ashwin is a natural batsman, not like Bajji who trained 2 become 1

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Vijay is picked to open in test matches because selectors think he is talented. He only played 17 matches. He has scored three100s already. He was involved in 4 partnerships of >200. If Rohit Sharma was given 100 ODIs to come good, Vijay should be persisted with 30-40 matches to establish himself. Only other contenders for opening spot are Mukund and Gambhir. Rahane doesn't open in FC matches and he doesn't want to open in test matches.

  • Arrow011 on November 9, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Ashwin in actual was an opener, then he became a full time spinner, now the way Vijay is playing I think his state mate Ashwin should start opening the test batting & also be Indian's no. 1 bowler. I think it is time to include Ravindra Jadeja in place of Ishant in the 11. Dhawan, Ashwin, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi & shami. 3 spinners & 2 pacemen are enough. People are going ga ga over Shami, same happened to Ishant sharma let the bowlers prove over time, not be 1 test wonders. Ashwin has proved himself to be a match winner, logically he deserved to be man of match above shami & Rohit sharma. He took 5 wickets + 123 runs. Rohit made 177 which is 54 runs more than Ashiwn scored, but then are 5 wickets not more valuable than 54 runs?

  • since7 on November 9, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Ashwin as a batsman is going to have a great record.It isn't just the runs he scores but the fluency with which he plays some difficult shots which makes him a specialist batsman IMO.He has often run out partners in many of his innings and got out trying to clear the fields.Irony is that the team management consider jadeja who is a better bowler than ashwin as a better batsman.Think their roles in the team should be swapped.

  • ladycricfan on November 11, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Dhoni and Ashwin are Vishy Anands of cricket, thinking cricketers. With Dhoni's input Ashwin will only get better. His athletisism sometimes looks hilarious but that is the only aspect of the game he has not got the right DNA. But he is a good catcher, has taken some excellent catches in the slips and C and Bowleds.

    Vishy and Carlsen are fighting it out for world chess title in Chennai. Good luck Vishy.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 11, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    @hhillbumper. England may handle him easier, but then there is Jadeja to whom England stumble. Cricket is a team work, so everyone will contribute to the team's victory.

  • BigINDFan on November 10, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    In tests Ind should play 6 specialist batsmen including the wicket keeper and 5 specialist bowlers. Of the 5 bowlers at least 3 of them should bat properly to score 50-100 runs in the lower order which means a total of 300+ in every test match. My vote after Sachin retires is Vijay/Gambhir, Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin, Ojha/Mishra/Jadeja,Bhuvi, Yadav, Shami.

    No Raina or Yuvraj in tests please, they are fine for ODI and T20s. Also Kohli needs to improve his Test cricket or else replace him with another youngster like Rahane or Rayudu. The top 5 batsmen should know how to play pace, swing and short pitched bowling and definitely spin.

    Ashwin is an asset to the Test team since he bats properly and is cool as a bowler. He needs to cut down the short pitched bowling and bowl fuller and spin more.

  • munna_indian on November 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    my only concern regarding ashwin is, he tends to go on the backfoot by pitching the ball short when hit for a mighty heave by the batsman, as mr. bedi would say, spinners should never fear for getting hit and they should consistently tease the batsman as there is a chance of picking more wickets when you draw the batsman of the front foot. out of six balls he bowls in an over, he would bowl more than 3 deliveries pitching short. infact bhajji too went into the oblivion because of the fear of getting hit.

  • Johnny_129 on November 10, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    There people here suggesting that Ashwin should open the batting etc - Pls do not get carried away! India needs Ashwin, the bowler. Putting extra pressure on him will see his bowling suffer - like Shane Watson suffered when pressured to bowl! Ashwin should be told that his primary focus should be on getting wickets or he will become another Irfan Pathan. In saying that, India should give tailenders, including Ashwin, a hit higher up the order, once in a while, whenever the opportunity presents itself - This will allow tailenders to develop with their batting and be able to play longer innings

  • ramz30380 on November 9, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    ...contd Bhajji had the luxury of having a Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Saurav and Laxman in the batting ranks and we must never forget that he had Kumble at the other end mentoring him all the while. In fact Kumble needs to be lauded for moulding Bajji as much as he did - when he retired Bajji was found wanting.

    Ashwin here is on his own, he is trying to find his feet without much help from anyone else except for the coaching staff. This has to be kept in mind by one & all before commenting on his bowling! One bad series against the English does not make him a bad bowler. He is a quick learner - he proved it against the Aussies.

    In the last match against the WI - in the 1st inning he took the crucial wkt of Chanderpaul who is exceptional against spin and in the 2nd innings too took the wkt of two set batsmen in Bravo & Powell. These wkts were crucial in the game ending in 3 days time - so all those who are jumping to wrong conclusions abt this guy, chk these out before passing comments.

  • ramz30380 on November 9, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @munna_indian - Cricket has evolved big time in these past few years. You cannot compare players across eras. Agreed, Ashwin may not be in the same class as the spinning gurus u mentioned, but he is the best in the present scenario. U are blaming Ashwin for not taking wickets when there was a Harbajan and Ojha in the team. U have turned a blind eye to the exceptionally talented Indian batsmen who failed against the spin of Swann and Panesar.

    How can ppl talk abt Ashwin's overseas record when he has played only 3 tests in Australian soil? Ashwin is an asset to the test team - can u plz name another young player among the renowned test playing nations who has a similar all round record with both bat and ball in the present scene?

    Ashwin can contribute to the game - both with bat and ball period. He will be part of the playing XI. He will not become a Harbajan - who started to concentrate on batting rather than bowling. Ashwin is a natural batsman, not like Bajji who trained 2 become 1

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Vijay is picked to open in test matches because selectors think he is talented. He only played 17 matches. He has scored three100s already. He was involved in 4 partnerships of >200. If Rohit Sharma was given 100 ODIs to come good, Vijay should be persisted with 30-40 matches to establish himself. Only other contenders for opening spot are Mukund and Gambhir. Rahane doesn't open in FC matches and he doesn't want to open in test matches.

  • Arrow011 on November 9, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Ashwin in actual was an opener, then he became a full time spinner, now the way Vijay is playing I think his state mate Ashwin should start opening the test batting & also be Indian's no. 1 bowler. I think it is time to include Ravindra Jadeja in place of Ishant in the 11. Dhawan, Ashwin, Pujara, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi & shami. 3 spinners & 2 pacemen are enough. People are going ga ga over Shami, same happened to Ishant sharma let the bowlers prove over time, not be 1 test wonders. Ashwin has proved himself to be a match winner, logically he deserved to be man of match above shami & Rohit sharma. He took 5 wickets + 123 runs. Rohit made 177 which is 54 runs more than Ashiwn scored, but then are 5 wickets not more valuable than 54 runs?

  • since7 on November 9, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Ashwin as a batsman is going to have a great record.It isn't just the runs he scores but the fluency with which he plays some difficult shots which makes him a specialist batsman IMO.He has often run out partners in many of his innings and got out trying to clear the fields.Irony is that the team management consider jadeja who is a better bowler than ashwin as a better batsman.Think their roles in the team should be swapped.

  • hhillbumper on November 9, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Ashwin is effective in India. imagine though what Swann would achieve on those pitches.Lets see how he does against better batting line ups. England handled him easier.

  • rajuramki on November 9, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Ashwin almost missed the record of being the second bowler to reach 100 test wickets in 17 tests . Yet people say he is not effective and that his bowling is no good . Among the current lot of bowlers he has the highest wkts/test including the great Steyn . Pl do make comments that make sense .

  • on November 9, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    I have been a harsh critic of this man.. Made me eat my words this last game.. Having said that, he is not the best spinner in India at the present moment.. If he bats at 7, Mishra can bat at 8 and Kumar at 9.. That would leave room for two more bowlers and Indian bowling would be potentially world beating with two spinners and three fast bowlers including Kumar, Yadav and Shami.. Batting is still a concern with Virat Kohli not being able to Kick on after getting to the 100s and M. Vijay's technique being as brittle as it is.. Hence Ashwin might not get to bat at 7 after all..

  • on November 9, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Rankings are meaningless--all of Ashwin's and Ojha's success with the ball has been in India. Ojha has not even been that good in India, he has NEVER played a test in SaF, Oz or England, the graveyard of Indian spinners. But when SRT is gone, either Rohit will go to no 4 or Kohli & Rohit will each go up one spot. No 6 can be Dinesh Karthik, or he can be a reserve opener. Ideally, one of Ashwin (2 test centuries, avg 41), Irfan Pathan (test century, good against pace), Jadeja (3 first-class triple centuries) or Mishra (2 first-class double centuries, excellent against pace in England when he made 70+) should become the no 6 batsman. So far Jadeja has failed with the bat, and he looks more like the no 8 bowling allrounder. Ashwin looks like the no 6 batting allrounder. Ashwin can't take wickets overseas, but batting at 7 will relieve him of the pressure of to be the no 1 spinner. He was very assured technically on bouncy Australian tracks. He could be a future no 6.

  • ssenthil on November 9, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    The biggest reason why Ashwin was not effective against England was our fielding and he didn't got any kind of support from any other bowlers. He needed support from his Fielders most importantly by having players like Sehwag who drops a dolly doesn't help India. India did extremely well in Ahmadabad in the openers as we piled runs and Ashwin had a good support from U Yadav but once Umesh injured and missed rest of the series, Ashwin was struggling for the support and playing H Singh is no help as he was doing nothing but blocking Ashwin-Ojha bowling in tandem. That was the downfall of the series along with dropped catches by Sehwag and Kohli. Also Kohli have been failed miserably in the series except the dead match in Nagpur. Indian batsman scoring in 300's which is not enough in India when you bat first.

  • sweetspot on November 9, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    For some people, no matter what Ashwin does, he won't be good enough, it seems! He scored a century? Well we'd better see him get 5 wickets! Is his bowling going to be automatically reduced if his batting has improved? The guy has plenty of skill, so just let him play! He also has a brain, and that's saying more for him than many who just chose to remain clueless and one dimensional. This generation of cricketers should be a whole lot more flexible and adaptable, and Ashwin is a fine example. If he can't try his variations now, when will he try them? After retirement? If he is good enough to be picked, and be ranked so high, he must know to play, plan and execute, I suppose.

  • rajuramki on November 9, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    I do not know what more Ashwin has to do , to gain the confidence of those who keep critisising him despite stellar performances . He has played only on one overseas tour to Australia and that too early in his career . So it cannot be said that he has to perform better in overseas tours, going by one sample . Pl do not forget that he was the man of the series in the IPL that was played in South Africa.He certainly knows a thing or two about bowling on South African tracks. He certainly has the ability to become a good bowler and the likes of Venkat and Prasanna can guide him to become a better bowler . Without a doubt , Ashwin is head and shoulders above all contenders including Bajji , Jadeja and a few more . Ashwin should ignore the comments of his bashers and simply focus on his game so that he will become a very good allrounder in a couple of years . Best of luck , Ashwin . KEEP GOING .

  • munna_indian on November 9, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    ask venkat, prasanna and bedi as to what spin bowling is all about. flight the ball, draw the batsman on the front foot, read the psyche of the batsman before delivering the ball, the trajectory of the flighted ball should be such that it should be above the eyes of the batsman. with the advent of T20, spinners are concerned with containing runs than taking wickets. look at how hashim amla easily tackled saeed ajmal? because he always plays him of the backfoot. more over, where does the ball spin these days from our spinners? though ojha draws the batsman forward, where is the spin on the ball? thats why hes struggling. its better to hire bedi or pras or venkat as spin coach. they were successful even in alien conditions for they posses the traits of a spinner.

  • Naresh28 on November 9, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    WELL DONE ASHWIN!!! The whole team played well and the standouts of which here were four should be hailed for this win. Dhoni, Shami, Rohit and Ashwin. There will be failures and we find that in thiis team sport there is a need for one or the other to stand up.

  • ramli on November 9, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    @munna_indian ... we have to give credit to English players for handling our spinners well ... it was one bad series for Ashwin ... he came back strongly against Aus, who are known fighters ... he must be given time to evolve ... just 17 tests so far and nearing 100 wickets ... what else do you expect from a youngster? When he begins to play more matches abroad, he will learn newer methods of taking wickets ... comparisons with Kumble are out of place ... with Bhajji, we have to only compare recent matches not those which happened a decade ago ... Ashwin has potential to rise to greater levels in future ... we will all see it

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Age. Matches. Wickets. Average. Icc test bowler ranking

    Ashwin 27 17 97 28.07 6

    Swann 34 57 248 28.55 7

    Shillingford 30 11 54 30.85 17

    Panesar 31 48 164 33.78 36

    @ munna-Indian Ashwin is young and learning. Spinners get better with age. The fact that Ashwin is higher in the ranking means over all he is doing better than the others. One or two series he may not get wickets. That is part and parcel of the game.

  • vadivelalagan on November 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    All are talking about Ashwin Ability, My ponit of view Ashwin is a Good All Rounder in world for test matches,thats only he currently get rank No 1 position in Test All Rounder list. I am so glad of him improvement, same time he also concentrate him bowling, because ashwin one of the leading spiner of the indian Team. So i beleive he giving a good Variety and Off-Break Bowler.

    All The Best Ashwin..We always Hartly Welcome Young Talent Player......

  • munna_indian on November 9, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @ sss_m19 - am not undermining ashwin's efforts. the only concern is monty panesar, swann, shillingford etc are exploiting our pitches far better than ashwin. being the local chap who is accustomed to indian pitches, its he who should have created more troubles for the visiting batsmen. look at the english series, am not talking about his 91, just look how ineffective he was which had cost us the series, when monty and co did so well.

  • rashivkd on November 9, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    How hard life is??? Here people discussing about the ineffectiveness of Ashwin with ball, who just missed to be the second fastest to reach 100 wickets by just 3 wickets!!

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Ashwin is no6 in the icc rankings for Test bowlers. He is the no1 all rounder in Test rankings. In the recent odi series v aus he was the highest wicket taker from both sides.

    In SA , if Dhoni picks Jadeja after Sachin retired, Ashwin should be promoted to no7 and Jadeja should bat at 8 until Jadeja gets more experience. Aparajith should be trained to replace Jadeja in case of injury.

  • Prats6 on November 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    There has never been a problem with Ashwin's batting in Indian conditions. However his primary job is to take wickets. If for some reasons his role changes more as a batsman who can bowl a bit - he is still fine, but if we think of him as a bowler who can bat, then he has not lived up to the expectations. I would not mind to see him get an average of 25 and take 5-6 wickets every match than average 50 and take 2 wickets.

  • CricketFanIndUS on November 9, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Excellent batting by Ashwin, Rohit needed Ashwin for his big score and Ashwin needed Rohit (like he points out).

  • on November 9, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @gsingh, See even Bhajji was not much successful in his first tour to SA. He has a poor record in Australia also where we don't get rank turner. As Venkat_Gowrishankar pointed out, one spinner learns slowly with experience. Also remember the bowlers need to be complemented by the batsmen also. In the last home series against England, all the Indian batsmen were out of form and some of the England batsmen were in great form. Hence Ashwin hardly had got runs to defend compared to Panesar. In contrast during Bhajji's time, players like Sachin, Dravid etc were in their peak and used to score tons of runs. That made Bhajji's work relatively easy. So please consider these points also.

  • sss_m19 on November 9, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    so they players have to prove outside india does not hold for ashwin alone..everyone in the team as the whole squad is new!

  • sss_m19 on November 9, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    @munna indian..by your logic, top 5 batsmen failed this match..so they should be removed next match..the problem..is when you don't expect ur batsmen to score 100 every match..then why do you expect ashwin alone to take 5wkts every match I don't understand..he is taking wkts every match..if it's rank turners..then all indians who are expert of spin bowling should have excelled.or they always play in this pitch..then they should never fail..but they failed to a spinner..issue here is if they see a new bowler they fail first time..then they learn to face the bowler..same way the opposition batsmen too learn how our spinners bowl and they too try to adjust..so its a game of who adjust earlier and better wins..so this primary job of bowler to take wkts holds for batsmen too to score runs..when 1 bowlers fails..other bowlers give hand..same way when 1 or few batsmen fail..others stand..when every one fail..they lose the match..contd

  • on November 9, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Hi @Munna_Indian. I was only stating that let us not belittle centuries on Indian soil. What I was trying to say is that it is as difficult to hit a century in India as it is anywhere else in the world. It is because of this factor that the series you mentioned - 2004 vs Aus- the Aussies hold it in such high regard. Another thing against England in 2012 , remember Ashwin had scored a 91 not out. It was against a better spin attack than Indians and on a turning track. What I mean to say is that there is no doubting that Ashwin is an all rounder. He is one. About Harbhajjan- He scored his centuries after he had played around 80 odd test matches. Ashwin has already scored them in his first 15 odd test matches. He has come 'readymade' as an all rounder. Hopefully he will continue honing his bowling skills too.

  • on November 9, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    To all of you who keep saying that Ashwin should practice his bowling more than batting etc etc and what not..Let me tell you if Ashwin had not scored at least a 50 in this match, India would have lost this match. So start appreciating someone for his contribution rather than eternally comparing him with bhajji, kumble and the greats.

  • munna_indian on November 9, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    @ prabhakar - please dont mention about the 1990s where the foreign teams were yet to adapt to our pitches. why dont you talk about 2004 win by the invincible aus, 2000 win by the SAffers or even the latest win by the english team? the aus team whom we spanked recently are just a group of A and B teams and they are in transition.

  • munna_indian on November 9, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    @kislay and prabhakar - the point here is, ashwin is primarily picked as a bowler who is expected to take 5 for on rank turners in india. look at shillingford. look at the way he planned for each of our batsmen and the way he loops the ball with his clever variations. first and foremost, he was able to spin the ball which our own ashwin has forgotten. even bhajji has scored couple of centuries in indian pitches and yet he was not successful with the ball. and am afraid, the way ashwin the batsman has emerged instead of ashwin the bowler, he would go the bhajji way.

  • CricketChat on November 9, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    I would rather have Ashwin be a strike bowler than an average batsman who can roll his arm over. As is, India test team has one too many batsmen. They need bowlers to bowl opposition out twice. If Ashwin fails as a bowler, he should be replaced with another more promising bowler.

  • huffpost on November 9, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    ashwin is now the top ranked test allrounder in the world according to latest icc rankings.....to get there while batting at 8 is indeed a special thing....

  • SyedAreYouDumb on November 8, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Ashwin's average puts some international batsmen that are playing to shame as a player primarily in the squad as a bowler has such a good average!

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on November 8, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @ gsingh7 : Yes and I remember how Harbhajan managed to get a 5 for in all the tests outside of India. With experience of 3 test matches outside of India , we are conculding someone is good to play in India only or not.

    Kumble at the start of this career was never successful outside of India. It was only his latter years that he became a compelete bowler irrespective of the conditions. Even if Ashwin fails for the SA tour , I would not be worried. Spin is a skill which one betters at only with age and experience.. For sakes, compared to Harbhajan, he is far more humble and more assured. I am sure Ashwin would never drag himeself into an ugly incident like slapping or making fun of oppositione etc. A thorough team man. Hats off!

  • Nampally on November 8, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Ashwin batted superbly to lead India out of the dungeons from 156 for 6 to end up at 453. He went in a supporting role so that Rohit could boost India's total. But he played so well that he ended up scoring a century in the process. Furthermore his partnership with Rohit yielded 280 runs & Ashwin contributed nearly half, 124 to be precise + extras. So it was equal partnership from a bowler batting at #8! This makes it highly creditable effort from Ashwin in discipline, patience & skill to keep his end going whilst Rohit built up his own innings. In fact it was Rohit Sharma who got out first, not Ashwin. Ashwin succeeded where the cream of the Indian batting failed. This makes it a special innings which deserves to be appreciated. He followed up his century by capturing 3 for 46 in 19 overs to complete his all round contribution. Though MOM went to Rohit Sharma, Ashwin & Shami played an equally major role in the Victory.

  • on November 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Ashwin did not play to shut the mouth of his bashers, rather he scored a century to save the face of his country in this match. So did Rohit. Now, people here, who talk a lot cannot even hold a bat and face the likes of Tino Best for a continuous 6 balls. Players like Ashwin are fighters. They know what they are up to !!!

  • satishsasikumar on November 8, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @Natarajan Ramasamy..when you comment on Cricinfo, please try to get the information correctly as Cricinfo is an encyclopedia for cricket lovers..You can't keep naming "Rahul Sharma" for Rohit Sharma frequently. There is another bowler in Indian named Rahul Sharma who is not even in the current Indian team. Btw, I must thank you as you did not name Rohit Sharma as "Ishant Sharma"

  • gsingh7 on November 8, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    ashwin claimed more than 90 % of his wickets on indian rank turners. even average bowler like monty panesar outbowled him in england tour. lets see if he can match what bhajji did in sa. even if ashwin takes half wickets of what bhajji claimed that will be a big bonus. if ashwin is to play as all rounder in team than he have to show for on foreign soil. in aus , on wickets that dont turn he was flogged like a sitting duck. its early to claim he can be test captain when he has yet to establish as permanent spinner on away tours. sa tour is his litmus test where wickets will turn far less than kolkatta or mumbai.

  • on November 8, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    IMO Ashwin should concentrate on his bowling first and then batting. He is mainly there to pick wickets. All the runs he gets are bonus. Hope he doesn't become like Irfan Pathan who got spoiled after being asked to focus on batting.

    Now a days I feel we are getting many players who can bat and bowl. Ashwin got test hundreds, Jadeja got many ODI fifties, Bhuvanesh also can hang around, Virat and Raina also can roll their arms. I just hope none of them are forced to become a genuine all rounder. Instead they can focus on one area and the other area just be the bonus.

  • TheOldAnalyst on November 8, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @ Thilak Balakumar, you have made the right point. India always fail to acknowledge bowlers. Bowlers win matches, not batsman. My first choice MOM would have been Shami followed by Aswin (well done), for the simple reason that if Samuel, Chanderpaul , Bravo or Gayle had played a good innings, India would not have won the match. I do like Rohit, he is the best since in terms of talent among current lot, but the MOM to Shami would have done wonders to his confidence. He is the perhaps the only fast bowler among a number of debutant bowlers (almost all of them were tweakers) who've done well for India in that top ten list. Without these fast bowlers soon to become extinct, we will keep losing 3-0, 4-0 abroad.

  • Maui3 on November 8, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @Rahulbose, Good analogy between Shastri and Ashwin Both are tall, take pride in their batting and seem to like to perform during crisis, both are OK bowlers and lousy fielders, are tall, are articulate, and started out a bowler first and might end up being more a batsman than bowlers. If Ashwin can become a regular operer in Tests and a fifth bowler in Tests, it would serve India well, especially outside India. If he become a bowling threat outside India, that would be a huge plus for India.

  • BlueAndYellow on November 8, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Finally we have got a genuine allrounder since the retirement of Kapil Dev.

  • on November 8, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    i think Ashwin deserved MoM for his 120+ & 5 wkts......it's always batsmen who get the MoM n India.....they never motivate a bowler n then will criticize them wen things don't go well.....

  • on November 8, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @munna_indian. One thing is sure, we Indians can not appreciate our people, whatever it is. What happened to Aus players, when they came here, played on flat pitches, they lost 4-0. think before you pass a comment and learn to respect and appreciate Indian's achievement.

  • on November 8, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Ashwin has scored fifty or more in almost half the test matches he has played till now and people are still hesitant to call him an all rounder. Come on give me a break! He is an all rounder.

    @Munna_Indian- India is not that easy a place to bat, even for top order batsmen. The likes of Lara and Ponting have struggled in India. Since the early 1990s, only a handful of teams have won a series here. Everyone, including, England, Australia, SA, WI, have struggled here. If the batsmen ( top order as well as lower order) were assured that the ball will not raise above waist high and the pitch will behave truly, this would not have been the case. By the same logic we can also say that since the ball bounces and comes on evenly in Australia, batting is even more easy. The even bounce was behind the likes of VVS and Sachin's fantastic showing in Australia.

  • munna_indian on November 8, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    india is a place where even any lower order batsman can play his shots on the up as it is assured that the ball will not rise waist high and the pitch will behave truly. it wont be surprising that lots of lower order batsmen of all the teams have played exceptionally well on indian pitches. if such a batsman decides to play longer, ton is assured. this is what ashwin has precisely done. the true grit for any batsman comes when he plays on bouncy pitches. nevertheless, an ashwin hundred on indian pitches can be equated to a 50 on pitches in SA or in AUS. great going.

  • Rahulbose on November 8, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Ashwin could become the next Ravi Shastri. He should be bumped up the order.

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    And I would really like Ashwin to be the next test captain after Dhoni. We at least expect the test captain to conduct himself properly and have a cool head under pressure. Virat Kohli becoming test captain really gives me nightmares though he is a very fine player and handles pressure as a batsman very well (it's his conduct I worried about)!!

  • kesoo on November 8, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    One can never judge a batsman on the basis of his home statistics, though Ashwin has good record in Australia he still needs to be tested in many areans for him to establish as an all-rounder. Also making him a specialist all rounder will create expectations and pressure on him and we have to see how he fares in that scenario. Jadeja is proven to be a good all rounder when there are expectations on him

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Ambitious goal for Ashwin: 500 test wickets and 5000 test runs. Realistic goal for Ashwin: 300 test wickets and 3000 test runs.

  • on November 8, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Good show by ASWIN. Responsible,quite,emphatic innings.His performance is all the more significant,considering the reality,Rahul sharma,could not have achieved his TON, if Aswin had failed. Rahul could play his natural game,as Aswin handled both fast and spin competently. Well done

  • MaruthuDelft on November 8, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @Dalok Babu, that is very sensible; three pacers (including Zaheer) and two tweakers.

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    ashwin is one of the finest cricket player with good batting average and ranked 3rd best allrounder for test matches .. He should avoid trying too many variations and missing the concentration in line and length .. still long way to go ...

  • lasereyes on November 8, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Cant believe anyone would seriously suggest Yuvraj for tests. Manpreet Juneja looks well suited to a middle order position:

    Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Juneja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Shami, Yadav.

    My one concern is Bhuvaneshwar. He doesn't seem to be able to do anything except the new ball. I think Praveen Kumar is prob a better bowler as he showed in West Indies and England. Not sure why he doesn't get a look-in these days

  • vrkp on November 8, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @ Rahul Prakash:

    Yuvraj in the test lineup? You must be joking.

    There is no future for the likes of Yuvi & Raina in India's test team.

    My XI for the first test would be:

    Dhawan, Vijay/Karthik, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuv, Shami, Zak & Yadav. If Zak is not playing then I would prefer a fast bowling all rounder (Irfan/Nayar). Ashwin should just concentrate on controling run flow from one end and while batting try to play at least 70-100 balls.

  • ball_boy on November 8, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Did u say Rahul Sharma, man looks like u didnt watch the match at all.Instwad u say your thoughts after seeing the stats.Poor Ojha missed out on 2 important wickets in the first innings and one in the second,all of whom got out within 5 runs by the next bowler.Besides may i remind u when Ashwin fails Ojha takes.Here ojha failed to take thanks to clumsy fielders.Besides if u had seen the Aus match where Mishra bowled the first 5 overs none could touch him and he was sure unlucky to get wiclkets with lots of near misses.However he got carted for 78 runs and u can say that was his first few chances in the ODIS.But then u should persevere with him for next 15 matches.I agree Dhoni dislikes himfor his ball speed saying anyone can get in line of before it spins but buddy he has got tons o wickets .So a simple explanation should not prevent him from getting an extended run in the squad.Again Dhoni wants legspinner in the squad with an offspinner and he is the best of the lot.Also he can BAt

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    With Ashwin and Dhoni both batting well I hope we can take an extra bowler. Would love to see India becoming aggressive and go with 5 batsman, Dhoni, Ashwin and 4 bowlers. At least in India we should start doing this and hopefully follow this up in overseas tours.

  • bijuphilip on November 8, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    In ODI aswin should bat at number 3 position I still prefer davan,kholi,aswin,jadeja,rohit,dhoni,raina,yuvaraj,irfan,bkumar,shami,

    dhavan,kholi,aswin,jadeja should bat first 30 over rest 20 over rohit,dhoni,raina, and yuvaraj should bat

    the risk of rohit open the innings ,when he wasted so many balls as an opener then if he gets out its a disaster for indian team kholi and dahavan rotate the strike and won't waste the ball. to get run a bll from aswin and jadeja is possible.

    get 2 runs from one ball or 200 strike rate is possible from rohit,raina,yuvaraj,and dhoni sanju v samson and ambiti rayidu should get some chances

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Still people are questioning about Ashwin's bowling skills. He is very close to make fastest 100 wickets. I am not sure if the results cannot speak about his bowling skills what else? And as few rightly said he has better batting average and centuries than some top order batsman including Dhoni.

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    I would say Ashwin is rich man's Ravi shastri because his bowling has more variety and his batting has more flair combined with sound defense. He looked comfortable with his batting in Australia when rest of the batting line up struggled except Kohli. So I expect do him well in bouncy conditions as well.

  • Batmanindallas on November 8, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Rahul Prakash Yuvraj-really? The guy is a sitting duck on Indian pitches forget about seaming conditions abroad.

  • BozoSri on November 8, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Not a lot of people are talking about his century is because nobody is that surprised that he did bat for long. Everybody has seen him for sometime and everybody know that he can. Actually what people are not telling is that they get disappointed when he gets out early, but they are. And the best thing going in his favour is that he is actually not expected to bat and so he has a lot less pressure of failure on him. If he had got out early and India lost he would not have been blamed but the other batsmen. And the best thing for India is Ashwin is a smart cricketer and will learn and lot from each match and works a lot on his game. He will be in the side for a long time. He will become the next kumble with some more batting ability.

  • Harmony111 on November 8, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Is it just me or is there any one else who feels that at times Ashwin looks a carbon copy of VVS? Just like VVS, Ashwin bats in a very poetic manner, almost like erotica. Jut like VVS, Ashwin too plays some outstanding against the spin shots to balls that pitch on his leg stump. Just like VSS, Ashwin too loves to dab the ball to the 3rd man. And just like VVS, Ashwin too is a poor runner and struggles to take quick singles.

  • starincricket on November 8, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Ashwin is defenitly a Test all rounder, May be Tagged Bowler-allrounder!! He proved at many times when india needed badly him to put some runs on the board or partnership going.. MSD used to tell that he is a thinking Cricketer as a bowler and he applies in batting too. he was a opening batsman for Tamilnadu for sometime, that might helped him. India were really in bad position 156/6 after MSD gone! They could have expected by many to fall inside 200. Rohit current form with ashwin batting skills taken them above 450!! And Ashwin took 5 wickets too in this Test match! Good thing ,that he is scoring runs consistently in Test,which helped him the average above 41. Definitely ,no one would have thought india would win this Test by an innings and 51 runs. He should be the trumb card along with Rohit 177 on debut and Mohammad sami for his 9 wickets on debut with the great pace and variations he shown. All these 3 could be a choice for MOM!

  • New_Gen_India on November 8, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I am not sure many people know this, but Aswin, initially was an opening batsman in domestic cricket. This would explain why he has such a sound technique compared to other, 7, 8, 9 or 10 batsmen, in India and other countries. He was 1st a batsman and then a bowler, so you can expect him to help out India in tricky situations. Therefore, i think its best to classify him as an all-rounder, at least for the test arena.

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    With Ashwin Now contributing with bat I would like to see following Test XI in South Africa ( or outside Asia ) 1.Dhawan 2. Pujara 3.Rahane 4. Rohit 5. Virat 6. Yuvraj 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneshwar 10. Shami 11. Yadav

    Extas : 12. Rahul Sharma 13. Dinesh Karthik 14. Jayadev Unadkat 15. Jadeja

    Replace Yadav or Shami with Leggie Rahul Sharma in Asian Pitches

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    One more thing and it needs to be said as a bowler, he is not as talented as the young Harbhajan of 2001-2004. No Indian bowler had that much natural talent as Bhajji in the last 25 years (and that includes my favourite cricketer Anil Kumble). It's just that none of the selectors ever spotted that Harbhajan was on decline since 2005 in test cricket. He needed to work on his bowling then but nobody gave him a helping hand. It's only when it became very bad in 2010 it became evident to all. Here I would like to blame our legendary spinners as well. Prasanna said Bhajji's action was not ideal and Bedi said he is a javelin thrower along with Murali. Neither came forward to help Bhajji. Such egocentric mentality actually hurt Indian Cricket.

  • jimbond on November 8, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Currently Ashwin has a higher average than three of the top order batsmen- Vijay, Kohli and Dhoni ! As for the others who have been tried as batsmen in the recent past, Ashwin does better than Raina, Karthik, Yuvraj, Mukund, and Rahane (who has played only one test). Need for Ashwin to focus on both batting and bowling and he can aim over the next one year to move one level up to no. 7.

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    a proper cricket fan won't take much time to say that ashwin is a really good batsman after watching him...he has a surprisingly sound defence for a no.8 and is a natural timer of the ball...I don't think there was even one wild slog in his innings...in such a case people need to accept that he is a genuine test all rounder who can be a great asset to Ind on away tours ....if only he sticks to his basics and not try too many variations he can easily end up with 300+ wickets and 4000+ runs

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Now is it a story? He has underlined so much potential from his first test series! I have always, always defended Ashwin in test cricket. He is India's best test player in the current team (batting and bowling) combined. If he irons out his few weaknesses (lack of patience if he is not taking wickets, no foot movement at the beginning of his batting innings and a little bit of compulsive hooking) he will become an all-time great Indian test cricketer. Let me tell you something at his best he bowls with beautiful loop and guile and mixes up the pace and sometimes gets good drift. And then he mixes up the top spinner and arm ball as well. It's when he is not taking wickets he looses patience very easily and tries bowling all sorts of variations without concentrating on line and length. And his batting is all about timing. He has so much time whether playing spinners or pacers. Very graceful batsman. Irony is he came through IPL but is India's present best test cricketer talent wise.

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Aswin can be a genuine spin allrounder for India. Somehow thw whole world is less excited to see a spinning allrounder when compared to Fast bowling allrounder. If the same feat has been done by a fast bowling allrounder there would have been a lot of reference and talk

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    It's not just Raina that you should compare with - if you look at the period that they've played together, ( from Nov 2011)' Ashwin's average has been 36.2 vs Tendulkar's 30.1

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  • on November 8, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    It's not just Raina that you should compare with - if you look at the period that they've played together, ( from Nov 2011)' Ashwin's average has been 36.2 vs Tendulkar's 30.1

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Aswin can be a genuine spin allrounder for India. Somehow thw whole world is less excited to see a spinning allrounder when compared to Fast bowling allrounder. If the same feat has been done by a fast bowling allrounder there would have been a lot of reference and talk

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Now is it a story? He has underlined so much potential from his first test series! I have always, always defended Ashwin in test cricket. He is India's best test player in the current team (batting and bowling) combined. If he irons out his few weaknesses (lack of patience if he is not taking wickets, no foot movement at the beginning of his batting innings and a little bit of compulsive hooking) he will become an all-time great Indian test cricketer. Let me tell you something at his best he bowls with beautiful loop and guile and mixes up the pace and sometimes gets good drift. And then he mixes up the top spinner and arm ball as well. It's when he is not taking wickets he looses patience very easily and tries bowling all sorts of variations without concentrating on line and length. And his batting is all about timing. He has so much time whether playing spinners or pacers. Very graceful batsman. Irony is he came through IPL but is India's present best test cricketer talent wise.

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    a proper cricket fan won't take much time to say that ashwin is a really good batsman after watching him...he has a surprisingly sound defence for a no.8 and is a natural timer of the ball...I don't think there was even one wild slog in his innings...in such a case people need to accept that he is a genuine test all rounder who can be a great asset to Ind on away tours ....if only he sticks to his basics and not try too many variations he can easily end up with 300+ wickets and 4000+ runs

  • jimbond on November 8, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Currently Ashwin has a higher average than three of the top order batsmen- Vijay, Kohli and Dhoni ! As for the others who have been tried as batsmen in the recent past, Ashwin does better than Raina, Karthik, Yuvraj, Mukund, and Rahane (who has played only one test). Need for Ashwin to focus on both batting and bowling and he can aim over the next one year to move one level up to no. 7.

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    One more thing and it needs to be said as a bowler, he is not as talented as the young Harbhajan of 2001-2004. No Indian bowler had that much natural talent as Bhajji in the last 25 years (and that includes my favourite cricketer Anil Kumble). It's just that none of the selectors ever spotted that Harbhajan was on decline since 2005 in test cricket. He needed to work on his bowling then but nobody gave him a helping hand. It's only when it became very bad in 2010 it became evident to all. Here I would like to blame our legendary spinners as well. Prasanna said Bhajji's action was not ideal and Bedi said he is a javelin thrower along with Murali. Neither came forward to help Bhajji. Such egocentric mentality actually hurt Indian Cricket.

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    With Ashwin Now contributing with bat I would like to see following Test XI in South Africa ( or outside Asia ) 1.Dhawan 2. Pujara 3.Rahane 4. Rohit 5. Virat 6. Yuvraj 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneshwar 10. Shami 11. Yadav

    Extas : 12. Rahul Sharma 13. Dinesh Karthik 14. Jayadev Unadkat 15. Jadeja

    Replace Yadav or Shami with Leggie Rahul Sharma in Asian Pitches

  • New_Gen_India on November 8, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I am not sure many people know this, but Aswin, initially was an opening batsman in domestic cricket. This would explain why he has such a sound technique compared to other, 7, 8, 9 or 10 batsmen, in India and other countries. He was 1st a batsman and then a bowler, so you can expect him to help out India in tricky situations. Therefore, i think its best to classify him as an all-rounder, at least for the test arena.

  • starincricket on November 8, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Ashwin is defenitly a Test all rounder, May be Tagged Bowler-allrounder!! He proved at many times when india needed badly him to put some runs on the board or partnership going.. MSD used to tell that he is a thinking Cricketer as a bowler and he applies in batting too. he was a opening batsman for Tamilnadu for sometime, that might helped him. India were really in bad position 156/6 after MSD gone! They could have expected by many to fall inside 200. Rohit current form with ashwin batting skills taken them above 450!! And Ashwin took 5 wickets too in this Test match! Good thing ,that he is scoring runs consistently in Test,which helped him the average above 41. Definitely ,no one would have thought india would win this Test by an innings and 51 runs. He should be the trumb card along with Rohit 177 on debut and Mohammad sami for his 9 wickets on debut with the great pace and variations he shown. All these 3 could be a choice for MOM!

  • Harmony111 on November 8, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Is it just me or is there any one else who feels that at times Ashwin looks a carbon copy of VVS? Just like VVS, Ashwin bats in a very poetic manner, almost like erotica. Jut like VVS, Ashwin too plays some outstanding against the spin shots to balls that pitch on his leg stump. Just like VSS, Ashwin too loves to dab the ball to the 3rd man. And just like VVS, Ashwin too is a poor runner and struggles to take quick singles.