Ashwin is one of the four Indian bowlers who have taken more than 400 Test wickets and besides that, he also has as many as five Test hundreds against his name.
Speaking in a video posted by the ICC, Jasprit Bumrah said Ashwin’s numbers speak for itself and the fact that he has 400-plus Test wickets and 5 hundred hasn’t happened by chance.
”I think he is one of the greats of the game because if you look at his records, it speaks of itself. He has done well with the bat as well as with the ball. He has picked more than 400 test wickets and that doesn’t come by chance,” Bumrah said in a video posted by ICC.
Meanwhile, Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun also lauded Ashwin for his willingness to learn new tricks and his penchant to come out of his comfort zone.
”Ashwin is not very happy with whatever he does, he always loves to come out of his comfort zone, learn new things, and develop different angles, and that’s what makes him so special. He understands his bowling, most often what bowlers actually do and what they think they are doing are two different things and so Ashwin understands the bowling to bridge this gap. So once this is bridged he has a bigger chance to innovate and that makes him very special,” Arun said.
Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker for India in the ICC World Test Championship cycle and besides showcasing his dominance on home soil, the off-spinner was equally brilliant during the Australian tour where he bowled several match-impacting spells.
The off-spinner, along with Mohammed Shami, was the pick of the bowlers for Team India on the 3rd day of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship final. On a wicket that wasn’t offering much, Ashwin bowled with a lot of discipline and he was eventually regarded with the wicket of Tom Latham, whom he lured into an ill-fated drive, one that ended up going straight into Virat Kohli’s hands at short-cover.