Former Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has acknowledged one of the bowlers in the Indian team as the bowling captain. India’s bowlers have delivered as per their expectations in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. Pragyan Ojha has rated Ravichandran Ashwin as the bowling captain of the Indian team, having taken ten wickets so far.
Ravichandran Ashwin has come exceptionally well prepared for the four-match series as he has hardly let the Australian batsmen off the leash. With ten wickets in four innings at 17.7, the 34-year old is the highest for India in the current series so far. The off-spinner has also managed to dismiss Australia’s premier batsman Steve Smith in two out of three innings that has given India an advantage.
Pragyan Ojha presumes that a good bowler with almost 375 wickets should be a good planner. The 34-year old sees a mental shift in Ravichandran Ashwin and takes the initiative to do well for the team. According to Ojha, it makes Ashwin the leader of the bowling unit.
“A guy who has picked up almost 375 Test wickets, so I think, he should be a good planner. But the only difference I see is, mentally he is there. He thinks that it’s him who has to do well for his team and he is the leader of the bowling unit,” Ojha told Sports Today.
He is not worried about the alien conditions: Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha further said that foreign conditions do not worry R Ashwin anymore unlike some rookie spinner who is worried whether the Kookaburra ball will assist. The retired spinner acknowledged that Ashwin could do well regardless of the conditions or situation.
“He is not worried about the alien conditions. Normally, when you are travelling to Australia as a rookie, you don’t know how the wickets are going to be or the Kookaburra ball is going to help you. Ashwin has gone past all these and he know whatever the situation is, he will deliver,” he added.