WATCH: R Ashwin Bowls Consistent Legspinners in Irani Trophy
By CricShots - Mar 15, 2018 6:28 am
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Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s premier off-spinner in Test cricket, has always been known as a player who constantly looks for increasing his armory by enhancing his skills and recently he added a new dimension to his repertoire of skills- the leg spin. Currently, Ashwin is playing for Rest of India in the Irani Cup against Vidarbha, revealed that he has finally mastered the art and was seen bowling leg-spin during the encounter at Nagpur.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Interestingly, Ashwin’s action resembles a lot like former Indian coach Anil Kumble. He has not featured in the Indian limited-overs squad since July last year and had spoken about his intentions of developing the leg-spin to build his armory going into the IPL 2018.

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During an interview with the reporters, the talented off-spinner said, “I am just trying to build my armory. I used to bowl good leg breaks with my off-spin action when I was playing league cricket in Chennai. Over a period of time, in a search to get my stock ball right, I obviously had to cut out a lot of those things.”

He further added, “I had possessed a lot more variations. Having bowled off-break as the stock ball for almost 10 years, trying to change things around is challenging. But I don’t really settle for anything. At no point in my career, I thought ‘this is it’ and decided to settle for the rest of my career.”

Here is the video of his legspinners:

Ashwin will be leading Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His captaincy was announced during a Facebook live session conducted by former India batting star and KXIP mentor Virender Sehwag last month.

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KXIP on Tuesday unveiled their new jersey and also conducted a Facebook Live session for the same. Talking about his captaincy, Ashwin said, “It is a new challenge. You’ll not be able to predict my next move. All players you think are going to open will play in the middle order & all the middle-order batsmen will open. I’ll try & stay as unpredictable as possible.”