Ian Chappell Feels Nathan Lyon Shouldn’t Try And Copy R Ashwin
By CricShots - Feb 22, 2023 7:37 pm
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Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have already scalped as many as 31 of the 40 Australian wickets in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy so far. While it is true that the Australian batters have no idea how to tackle the Indian bowlers, there is no discounting to the skillset of Ashwin and Jadeja. They are simply unstoppable in Indian conditions. In the current Australian team, while the great Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy have had their moments in the series, they have not troubled most of the Indian batters like Ashwin and Jadeja to their opposition.

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Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin

Former Australian skipper, Ian Chappell believes Lyon should not try to bowl like Ashwin as he won’t be able to. The Australian off-spinner should instead, try to find success using his own skillset.

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Talking about the same during a chat with ESPNCricinfo, Ian Chappell said, “Too often they (opposition spinners) do try and replicate the skillset (of Aswin and Jadeja). Talking about Ashwin and Jadeja… They know exactly what to do in India. Ashwin is a damn fine bowler, doesn’t matter where he bowls. I’ve seen him bowl in Australia, he bowled extremely well. He is also very smart.”

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Ian Chappell

He further added, “He works out exactly what he’s gotta do. Jadeja doesn’t vary too much although he has learned a few things and has improved his bowling but he’s got the skillset that is perfect for India and the two of them work together.”

Ian Chappell also said that it was Ashwin who bowled better but Jadeja managed to bag a 7-wicket haul.

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Former skipper explained, “In this game, I thought Ashwin bowled bloody well but Jadeja got the seven wickets but that’s the way it happens some days. I don’t think you can come and replicate what they do. Nathan Lyon is not R Ashwin, he’s got to bowl like Nathan Lyon and he has tried to do that.”