Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull has said that Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin doesn’t have outstanding records in away games but this has been the case with several other bowlers in world cricket.
Ravichandran Ashwin is already considered as one of the all-time greats by several cricket experts, He has become the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of Indian Test cricket and he has won India several games in his career. However, comparisons are still being made on his home and away records and he faces a lot of criticism for not having exceptional numbers in away games.
Meanwhile, Cricketer-turned-broadcaster, Doull while chatting with Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik on Cricbuzz said:
“Lot of people talk about Ashwin and how dominant he is at home. But there are so many bowlers around the world who have been in that exact place. Yes, his record away isn’t as good but so is the case with so many other bowlers as well. People try and find defects in numbers that suit their narrative. Why can’t we just celebrate a guy who is a great bowler?”
If You Look At Seam Bowlers In New Zealand, They Have Dominated At Home But Haven’t Been As Good Away – Simon Doull
Former New Zealand cricketer further added that even pacers from New Zealand have dominated in home conditions but not have been dominant away from home. He explained:
“We have all had bowlers who have dominated at home. If you look at seam bowlers in New Zealand, they have dominated at home but haven’t been as good away. It is just part and parcel of the game we play.”
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin despite missing a few overseas Test games is having a great run in cricket as he has become the first bowler in 2021 to pick 50 wickets and he went past Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in taking 50 wickets in a calendar year for the most number of times.
Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin now has 50+ wickets 4 times in different years and Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh picked 50+ wickets in three different years each.
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