Former Indian player Bharat Arun said off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin currently looks the fittest in the last seven years.
A spin bowler can use many variations in drifting the ball to deceive the opposition batters and get crucial breakthroughs for their teams.
In the current times, where the batter is just waiting to see a spin bowler against him so that he can free his wrists and score vividly against them. The spinner has to be smart, sharp and aggressive to fox the batter in his plan.
Ravichandran Ashwin is India’s third most wicket-taker in Test cricket
Ashwin has scalped 430 Test wickets from 84 Tests and is just behind Kapil Dev (434) and Anil Kumble in the list of India’s highest Test wicket-takers.
Ashwin has picked 300 of his 430 Test wickets on Indian soil and holds the record of fastest bowler to pick 300 Test wickets in 54 matches.
We would see at least 3-4 years of outstanding cricket from Ravichandran Ashwin: Bharat Arun
Arun, who was Team India’s bowling coach for four years (2017-2021), said that Ashwin is very conscious about his diet and expects the Tamil Nadu player to play with the same level of intent for four more years.
“Spinners mature with age. The older they get, the better they become. Ashwin is someone who constantly comes out of his comfort zone. This is the fittest I’ve seen Ashwin in the last seven years. He, too, is conscious about what he eats… he spends an equal amount of time on his fitness and skills. I am confident that we would see at least 3-4 years of outstanding cricket from Ashwin,” Arun told Sportstar.
Ashwin is currently ranked second in ICC’s Test bowling list with 839 ratings behind Australia Test captain Pat Cummins.
Ashwin has not been selected in India’s white-ball squad for three ODIS and as many T20I matches as he will be undergoing treatment to recover from his injury.