Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, the former Indian spinner-turner commentator, has signaled a warning regarding the dearth of quality of spinners in domestic cricket.
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Sivaramakrishnan, who made his debut back in 1983 and played a key role in the 1985 world championship of cricket triumph, recorked that spinners are being ignored in domestic cricket and the national side could struggle to find quality spinners and able replacements for the current lot in the near future
“I feel spinners are being ignored. The current lot is trying but after this, I don’t think we will get good spinners in India,” Laxman Sivaramakrishnan told WV Raman during an episode of a YouTube chat show ‘Inside Out’.
The former captain added that negative captaincy these days, which is aimed at restricting the flow of runs rather than taking wickets, is one of the biggest reasons behind the decline in the development of spinners
“Captaincy has become negative in terms of not giving runs and keeping it tight. You don’t get to see attacking field position to a spinner bowling. That means you are waiting for the batsman to make mistakes and fall in the deep and not in the slips or forward short-leg,” he said.
“I always performed really well under Sunil Gavaskar”- Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Sivaramakrishnan reckoned that the manner in which a spinner performs depends on the quality of the leadership he is playing under.
Giving his own example, he said that always performed better under the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar, as the Mumbaikar was very meticulous with his planning while Kapil Dev, on the other hand, was pretty instinctive.
“I always performed really well under (Sunil) Gavaskar) and not so much under Kapil Dev. Kapil was a very instinctive captain while Gavaskar was a captain who would plan things, who would tell you what he expects from you. I think captaincy plays an important role in the development of a leg-spinner or any spinner for that matter.” he added.