Former India cricketer turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said that R Ashwin is doing the same thing that he has done in the past upon his return to the Indian T20I squad. Notably, Ashwin was added to the Indian squad for the recently concluded T20 World Cup after Washington Sundar was ruled out due to injury.
The veteran off-spinner has picked up nine wickets in the five T20Is he has played since his return and has been extremely economical too. While talking about this in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra opened up on Ashwin’s turnaround in the T20 format of the game.
The veteran shared: “Ashwin has been phenomenal in the last five games, if we see from the Afghanistan match to the second T20I. He has played five consecutive matches, has been economical every time and taken wickets every time. Everyone is asking how Ashwin has turned it around? But he hasn’t rediscovered anything. He had not gone anywhere, you had not picked him. If you see any one year in the last eight to ten years, when was Ashwin hit in the IPL? He plays 14 matches, he is a four-over bank.”
R Ashwin has claimed 45 wickets in the last four seasons of the Indian Premier League at an economy of 7.61 as well. Aakash Chopra again added that Ashwin has always been a reliable bowler for India.
He explained: “He was a four-over bank when he was dropped as well. There have been three IPLs in between, he was a four-over bank there as well. He never gives more than 25-30 runs in his four overs, once in a while everyone gets hit, and he takes wickets as well.”
“He bowls in different phases of the game – with the new ball, in the middle and can bowl even till the 15th or 16th over. He is not doing anything exceptional, the guile and quality he has. Just the experience is coming to the fore. Please don’t be surprised, I am not at all surprised that why Ashwin is doing so well,” Aakash Chopra concluded.