It looks like India’s spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin is looking to add another weapon to his already impressive armoury. The off-spinner recently grabbed the headlines when reports of him mastering the art of leg-spin emerged.
The 31-year old is known for his variations. From trying out off-spin, carom ball, top-spin, slider and leg-spin, the Tamil Nadu ace keeps the batsmen on their toes when he operates.
Well, he is now trying his hands at seam bowling too. In a video posted by BCCI’s official Twitter handle, Ashwin could be seen bowling medium pace in the nets. It looks like India’s spin spearhead is mighty impressed with the fast and bouncy wickets of South Africa.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018
But while the video was posted just for fun, Ashwin will be looking to get back to his devastating best in the upcoming game, as India looks to bounce back in the second Test after the humiliating 72-run defeat in the series-opener.
With the Cape Town track offering ample pace and bounce, the pacers made merry while Ashwin could bowl just 8.1 overs, managing to pick up a couple of wickets.
India’s pace battery comprising Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were so effective that the team did not feel the need of a spinner on the pacy track. In the first innings, India bowled out the hosts for just 286.
However, in reply, Kohli & Co. could score only 209 after Hardik Pandya’s 93-run knock helped them to recover from a precarious 92 for seven. In the second innings, India’s pacers once again impressed by dismissing the Proteas for just 130. However, the batsmen failed to deliver again, as India were all out for a mere 135 while chasing 208.
The second Test of the series will be played in Centurion, starting Saturday (January 13).
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