Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Chennai April 25, 2013

Ashwin the legspinner, and Steyn's spot

Plays of the day from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai
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The variation
R Ashwin is a versatile spinner as his stats will tell you, but he took that versatility one step further by landing googlies pretty well. It must have taken long hours of practice to perfect, and now imagine facing it as a batsman. You are watching the hand, looking to identify the offbreak, the topspinner and the carrom ball, and suddenly he is bowling a wristspinner. The first thing you would expect is a legbreak, and then he bowls a googly with not much change in action, and he lands it full on off. And he also bowls the legbreak at times.

The decision
Indian umpires in the IPL, barring the odd exception, continue to show why India don't have one on the ICC elite panel. It was Subrat Das' turn today. At the start of the fourth over of the match, Shikhar Dhawan tried to hook Jason Holder and got a meaty top edge, which carried almost all the way for a six, but Das called it leg byes. "Get the glasses off," said Ian Bishop on air.

The move
At the fall off the third wicket, Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off a surprise by sending out Amit Mishra. A surprise Chennai Super Kings didn't mind at all. Mishra couldn't pinch-hit, he couldn't work singles, he couldn't get out. Precious deliveries went waste as the Super Kings bowlers gleefully went through those middle overs. Despite a top-edged four, Mishra ended up with 15 off 21. That's 17.5% of the whole innings.

The spot
You see batsmen pulling out of deliveries when they spot something between the bowler and the sightscreen. Charging into bowl for the first time today, Dale Steyn aborted the delivery because the spider cam was in his sight, although behind the batsman. Perhaps he didn't want to damage it with the crazy bouncer he had in mind.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • couchpundit on April 26, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    @Thyagu5432 - what do you mean these days bowlers (pace) bowl off breaks.....do you know indian bowlers called madan lal, venkatesh prasad? They werebowling off spins(not off cutters...as thereconsistent pace was pretty slow for medium pacers)....apart from that i have to agree with your comments

  • Thyagu5432 on April 26, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    While it sounds awesome that a bowler can bowl so many varieties but, I think a spinner has to be a leg or off. These days pace bowlers bowl slow off spinners once in a while that doesn't make them off spinners. An off spinner can bowl the classic off spin (spinning off to leg stump) or the doosra (going the other way) or the equivalent of top spinner which doesn't spin but hurries on and bounces a little extra. All these happen without any change in the bowling action. Ditto for leg spinners with the classic leg spin, googly, flipper etc., without much change in bowling action.

    The moment an off spinner tries to tread on to the leg spinners territory, there is every chance that your action will give it away. Ashwin has been having that problem already with the carrom ball. His line gives it away whereas Saeed Ajmal's Doosra is difficult to read because the line is the same as his off spin.

    I hope Ashwin learns to bowl the perfect Doosra and he can be deadly.

  • Naresh28 on April 26, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @vish20 - Karan Sharma the unnoticed bowler eats away overs. Ya I read a mention of him in an article yesterday before the game. Indians generally do well in the spin department. The only department where we are weak is pace.

  • dummy4fb on April 26, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Ashish Reddy should never have bowled the last over. I am not saying that CSK would not have won, but atleast the Sunrisers might have had a chance if they had stuck to Sammy

  • ranjanchai on April 26, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    last over may bowled by sammy...expereenced ...keepe standing up

  • visht20 on April 26, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Karan Sharma bowled such a beautiful over for a maiden in the death overs and gave just 8 runs of his 4 overs. There is no mention of the lad here. Such a shame...!

  • bouncer22 on April 26, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Surprised to see a Young Leg Spinner's bowling a Maiden (16th over of the innings at that..) NOT being mentioned in the Plays of the day..!! if SRH won, he would have been my MoM... such good was his performance y'day.

  • dummy4fb on April 26, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    In test matches , one cannot try too many variations . T20 is the ideal platform for a bowler to try out all his variations . In this respect , it is great to see Ashwin come out with all his variations and it shows the amount of hard work put in by him to do these experiment in matches and not in nets alone . Ashwin is underrated by all but within the next 2 years , he will join the 200 test wicket takers list and be recognised as one of the best spinners produced by India . He can only improve if he interacts more with spinners like Prasanna and Venkat . I wish Ashwin all the best . Keep going Ash .

  • hellraiser9 on April 26, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Absolutely thrilling finish.. What a game.. i was watching the scores.. it was 67 from 45 and 62 from 42.. then it came down to 50 something in 38 balls. and then 29 of 14.. Sunrisers had the opportunity to cover their blunders all throughout the match .. but they couldnt and kept making more blunders thanks to white.. Dhoni..Best Captain , Best man to have . whether anyone agrees or disagrees.. world is watching and everyone including legend like Viv richards has spoken highly about Dhoni.. When Dhoni came to the crease the difference between balls and runs was 40 ..but in the last 5 overs game was just grabbed from SRH. Dhoni smashed Dale steyn the best bowler in the game for two sixes.. dont necessarily hav to be big.. two consecutive sixes..wow.. Dale steyn had no answer.. Wow what a man Dhoni is ..and over confidence from SRH team to give Ashish Reddy the last over.. it is like a lamb getting ready to get slaughtered. Steyn experienced it , but no white didnt learn..poor SRH

  • dummy4fb on April 26, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Gambhir is a great test for any spin bowler. So Sunday's game will be interesting. If Gambhir lasts till Ashwin comes on...