Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been highly impressed with the way the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin uses his variations in the matches.
Ravichandran Ashwin recently surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become India’s third-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket and he is only behind Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble. He currently has 427 Test wickets in his bag including 30 5-wicket hauls and 7 10-wicket hauls.
Speaking to journalist Boria Majumdar on ‘Backstage with Boria’, Tendulkar said that Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s strike spinner in the longest format of the game and the batting legend also lauded Ashwin for his performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. He stated:
“Ashwin’s experience and the way he is able to use his variations has really impressed me. And then we have Jayant, who is a back-up bowler to Ashwin, who is always going to be our strike spinner when it comes to Test cricket, but he has performed well in the T20 World Cup as well and showed us tremendous variations.”
Further talking about India’s bowling unit for the South Africa tour, Tendulkar said that India have got a different variety of pacers and the fire in bowling attack to pick 20 wickets in a Test match. He said:
“It is a well-balanced attack. And the fast bowlers we have are all different types of fast bowlers. Bumrah comes at a different angle. Siraj has developed into a fantastic bowler. Shardul, upfront, likes to swing the ball. You have Umesh. Ishant’s experience will be handy. And it all depends on that given day who is also fit.”
” Because the number of games we have played and the number of injuries we have also had, we have couple of spinners missing out due to injuries. But it is also about understanding the bowler’s rhythm. If a bowler is playing well he should be ideally playing as much he can. And what I have seen, we have that fire in our bowling attack to pick 20 wickets,” he added.
I Would Encourage The Bowlers To Bowl Around The Off Stump, But Not Outside Off Stump – Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar also had some advice for the Indian bowling attack and he said that the bowlers should bowl around the off stump but not outside off stump. He elaborated:
“When it comes to hitting the right areas. I would say it depends a lot on the overhead conditions and the dampness in the surface. And if the ball is swinging I would encourage the bowlers to bowl around the off stump, but not outside off stump, not farther away from the fourth-stump line as it makes batsman’s life easy. He is also reading your wrist position and way the bowler is releasing the ball. So you don’t want the batter to comfortably leave those deliveries.”
Tendulkar further added that the Indian bowlers should not waste the new ball and utilise every bit of it as the first 25 overs will be really important. He explained:
“I would encourage the bowler that if you falter being in line, and getting hit a couple of times for a flick, I would be okay with that, but don’t waste the new ball as it becomes really really important in South Africa. The first 25 overs are really important, when the seam is hard and it’s sticking up, and when it flattens up a bit, I would encourage the bowlers to pull back the length a bit and bowl slightly farther away from the batter.”
“And then depending on how much the pitch is helping, and who is batting, all those factors will come into play to decide right length and line. And that will vary from session to session,” he added.
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