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12-25-2013, 03:29 PM
Ravichandran Ashwin Needs to Perform Overseas

In Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match, Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian to reach the 100-wicket mark. There were a lot of reports and articles that eulogized Ashwin’s prowess as a spinner. Just one month later there are talks of him being toothless since he failed to create any chances against South Africa in the first Test in Johannesburg.

For starters the tracks outside the subcontinent seldom offer assistance to the spinners – more so finger spinners. For wrist spinners the equation is different. A Shane Warne had the propensity to turn the ball even on a glass top. But here we are talking about an all-time great spinner.

Ashwin is still exploring his art. On the responsive spin-friendly conditions in India he has run through the sides. Outside India he is still struggling to replicate his form from India. This writer asked former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly about Ashwin’s role in South Africa. Ganguly said: “His (Ashwin’s) role will be to contain and pick up wickets. He will have to make sure that he bowls tight at one end which [Anil] Kumble did. On the first day of a Test you would make Anil bowl 25 overs from one end. He would give away 50 runs, pick two wickets and then seamers from the other end would pick wickets.”

So far Ashwin has failed to do that.

In Australia, Ashwin bowled 166 overs for nine wickets. He averages 28.50 with the ball in his Test career while outside India he gets a wicket after conceding nearly 75 runs. In his career he has got a wicket every 59 balls but outside India it is 140 deliveries!

With tough overseas assignments coming up Ashwin has to step up.