Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody applauded Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his brilliance with the ball against Namibia.
India outsmarted Namibia by nine wickets in their final match of the T20 World Cup on Monday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
India won the toss and opted to field as Ashwin and his old ally Ravindra Jadeja rattled the opposition by sharing six scalps between them.
Ashwin wasn’t included in the team against Pakistan and New Zealand but has played the last three games for India.
His 3/20 against Namibia took his overall tally to 26 wickets in the T20 World Cup tournament, which is the highest for India.
Ashwin bowled an off-breaker to induce the edge of Namibia skipper Gerhard Erasmus, and a brilliant catch by Rohit Sharma helped the spinner to dismiss JJ Smit in the 13th over.
Ravichandran Ashwin is very clever with his flight: Tom Moody
From around the wicket, Ashwin tossed up the ball that clipped the top of the middle-stump to get Zane Green as his third wicket of the day.
Moody appreciated Ashwin for using his variations cleverly against Namibia.
“He showed his class. He didn’t pick up a wicket in his first over, but a wicket in every over since [against Namibia]. He is very clever with his flight, his change of pace, and his control. A lot of the batsmen could not read which way he was turning it, not that there was a lot of turn,” Moody told ESPNCricinfo.
Ravichandran Ashwin would be a part of the group of spinners: Tom Moody on 2022 T20 World Cup
Ashwin played in T20I cricket after five years, and with his stupendous performance, he proved his credentials in the white-ball format.
Given that the next T20 World Cup is next year, Moody believes that Ashwin will be part of India’s spin department in that short duration.
“He would be a part of the group of spinners I’d be looking at. He’d be part of that group that you would be working with towards that campaign. You cannot determine the final 3 spinners that you would end up in your squad until you are closer to that time, but he is very much closer to that time,” Moody said.
Ashwin has picked 58 wickets from 49 matches in the shortest format and is behind Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah, among India’s most-wicket takers.
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