Leg-spin is the latest fad among bowlers in international cricket. Its relevance is even apparent on India’s current form, which is reinforced with a strong wrist spin attack. The inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has been a game changer in India’s form in limited formats. In the recent ODI series against South Africa, bowling emerged as the crux for India. Team selectors, in fact, replaced Ravichandran Ashwin with leg-spin options, even if he is the top spinner in the longest format of the game. In this condition, the bowler is trying to be back with a rejuvenated skill in the ‘most wanted’ department of bowling.
Eyeing the upcoming IPL tournament, Ashwin is now working forward to improve his wrist-spin abilities. In a recent domestic one-day match, the bowler took two wickets for 38 runs using his new attack. He played as one of the match winners for Tamil Nadu against Gujarat. In the after-match interview, Ashwin disclosed that wrist-spin is a “part of his plan going into the IPL”. The player said he was a leg-break bowler in early stage of his career, but when he focused on off-spin, he had to sacrifice the former. He also spoke about his variations, which he no longer uses. Ashwin is well aware of the fact that it would be challenging to change his current style after mastering it for a decade.
However, the bowler is confident on his new resolution saying he never settle for anything. About his preparation, Ashwin said he is trying out on his own for most of the times. He mentioned L Balaji as a ‘great help’, who is being coaching him. Talking about the technicalities, Ashwin said his arm movement is perfect for leg-spin deliveries because, he bowls upright and the bending does not exceed 45 degrees. He now looking forward to adjust his action.
Ashwin will be playing for Kings XI Punjab in IPL. His form will be interesting to follow as the top bowler will change his bowling style in this tournament. He is now one of the best off-spinners in Test-cricket. Given his amicabilities towards wrist-spin and leg-spin, he might become another big name in these departments as well.
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