Ashwin's Leg-Spin Will Not Work in South Africa, says Prasanna

Indian Cricket team’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recently tried to bring a new variation in his kitty, picking up two wickets bowling leg-spin in a match at Chennai. However, former spinning legend, EAS Prasanna admitted his new variation does not “suit” Test cricket and is “not an excellent idea” at this point in his career.

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Ashwin, who is out from the limited-overs squad is the first choice when it comes to the longest format – Test cricket – and has been a crucial member in India’s recent success at home. However, the real test for Ashwin starts when India begins their campaign in South Africa from January 5 at Capetown.

Virat Kohli led young Indian team has already landed in South Africa, and it will be interesting to see how the experienced off-spinner shapes up.

The changes which he (Ashwin) has made is not an encouraging sign for a five-day game,” stated former off-spinner Prasanna while talking to International Business Times.

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77-year-old Prasanna further admitted that it is a ploy of Ashwin to regain his limited overs spot; however, he was of the opinion that selectors might not look at this change to recall him.

“He must have felt that in limited-overs leg-spinners are succeeding and since he has been overlooked, he might be thinking that concentrating on leg-spin he might have a better chance of taking wickets and playing (limited-overs),” Prasanna, who had an illustrious career remarked.

Also Read: MSK Prasad Reveals the Future of Ashwin and Jadeja in Limited Overs Cricket

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However, Prasanna is confident about India putting up a brilliant show in South Africa in both the departments.

“India will win or lose I don’t know but one thing for sure, they will definitely put up an excellent show, in terms of both batting and bowling,” Prasanna signed off.

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Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.