Former India spinner, Pragyan Ojha feels that Ajinkya Rahane’s side can take the lead in the ongoing Borde-Gavaskar series in the third Test at the SCG if the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to do the good work with the ball and bat as they did in Melbourne.
From the humiliating loss in Adelaide, India bounced back to win the second Test and level the series. While it was Ajinkya Rahane who set up the game for India with the bat, it was the bowlers who did the workaround Rahane to dismiss Australia for 195 and 200.
One guy bowls tight, the other one picks the wicket: Pragyan Ojha
While Ashwin continued to dominate the Aussie batters – in particular, Steve Smith – Jadeja, who missed the first Test due to hamstring and a concussion, scored a vital half-century supporting Rahane along with taking 3 wickets.
Ojha opines that the SCG track will favour spinners as the game progresses and that there is no need to alter the spin combination despite Kuldeep Yadav in the squad- Kuldeep took a five-wicket haul on India’s previous tour at the same venue.
“Sydney has a track record of helping the spinners. I’m very sure that we shouldn’t change the combination of Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.
The 34-year-old asserts that Jadeja and Ashwin complement each other when they bowl in tandem along with adding batting depth to the team. Ojha likened the current spin duo to the former legendary pair of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. The former left-arm spinner reckons the Jadeja-Ashwin combination will serve India well in future matches outside Asia.
“The way Jadeja batted [in Melbourne] and with Ashwin, we know he can bat. These guys have also been phenomenal with the bowling. If one guy bowls tight, the other one picks up the wicket and vice-versa. So, I think, this partnership is brilliant and if they continue it overseas, that will be superb,” he added.
“We have seen Anil Bhai [Anil Kumble] and Bhajju Paa [Harbhajan Singh] doing that for us in the past. Now, these two guys in overseas. I think, there is nothing more to ask for,” Pragyan Ojha further said.