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Cricket commentator Aakash Chopra praised Ravichandran Ashwin for his bowling performance in the recent T20I games. The former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra also mentioned that he is not surprised by the Indian spinner’s good show in the shortest format. According to Chopra, Ravichandran Ashwin hasn’t rediscovered anything and is doing what he has always done in IPL.

The off-spinner made a comeback to the national side in T20Is in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The right-arm spinner was picked as a replacement to Washinton Sundar, who was unavailable due to injury. Ravichandran Ashwin picked 6 wickets in 3 games during the tournament, bowling at an average of 10.50 and brilliant economy of just 5.25.

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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Ravichandran Ashwin Has Been Phenomenal In The Last Five Games: Aakash Chopra

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that the Indian spinner has been economical and taken wickets every time in the T20s.

“Ashwin has been phenomenal in the last five games, if we see from the Afghanistan match to the second T20I. He has played five consecutive matches, has been economical every time and taken wickets every time. Everyone is asking how Ashwin has turned it around? But he hasn’t rediscovered anything,” Aakash Chopra said.

Chopra also mentioned that Ravichandran Ashwin has always performed in the Indian Premier League in the past seasons and is a four-over bank for any team.

“He had not gone anywhere, you had not picked him. If you see any one year in the last eight to ten years, when was Ashwin hit in the IPL? He plays 14 matches, he is a four-over bank. He was a four-over bank when he was dropped as well.

“There have been three IPLs in between, he was a four-over bank there as well. He never gives more than 25-30 runs in his four overs, once in a while everyone gets hit, and he takes wickets as well,” Aakash Chopra added.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Not At All Surprised By Ravichandran Ashwin’s Good Performance: Aakash Chopra

The former India opener also pointed out that Ashwin is a bowler who can bowl in the different phases of the game. Also, Chopra is not at all surprised that Ashwin is doing so well in the T20Is.

“He bowls in different phases of the game – with the new ball, in the middle and can bowl even till the 15th or 16th over. He is not doing anything exceptional, the guile and quality he has. Just the experience is coming to the fore. Please don’t be surprised, I am not at all surprised that why Ashwin is doing so well,” Chopra further said.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin is part of the ongoing IND vs NZ T20I series. In the 2 games so far, the off-spinner has scalped 3 wickets at an average of 14.0. Ashwin also has the best economy rate than all the bowlers in IND vs NZ T20I series, bowling at an economy of just 5.25.

Meanwhile, India have already defeated New Zealand in the first T20I two games and has won the series 2-0. Now, both the teams will lock horns in the 3rd T20I clash on Sunday (November 21). The venue of the third and final T20I clash is Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata.

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