Team India newly appointed ODI captain Rohit Sharma believes that veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is going to be a crucial part of white-ball cricket in the coming years. Ashwin returned to the limited-overs set-up this year with the T20 World Cup after a gap of almost four years. Ashwin, who has been a regular in India’s Test side for the past decade, lost his place in white-ball cricket in the past few years due to the emergence of wrist spinners in Indian cricket.
Ashwin made a sensational comeback to limited-overs format with impressive performances in the 2021 T20 WC and New Zealand series.
Rohit heaped huge praise on Ashwin’s versatility and called him an all-rounder bowler who can bowl anytime and anywhere.
“Ashwin will give you that flexibility, you can use him in the powerplay or the middle over, so having a bowler like that – an all-rounder bowler I’d like to call – who can bowl anytime and anywhere in whatever situation, is always important,” Sharma was quoted as saying while speaking to journalist Boria Majumdar on ‘Backstage with Boria’.
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From international cricket to franchise league, Ashwin has bowled well in both powerplay overs and at the death as Rohit said that the veteran spinner is a great addition to the Indian team.
“You don’t want one-dimensional bowlers where you know he can only bowl outside powerplay, he cannot bowl in the death, can only bowl to right-handers, can only bowl to left-handers. The more options you have with bowlers the better, that’s what I felt,” he stated.
“I thought he’d be a great addition, and I think he’s here to stay. He’s definitely here to stay,” the Indian ODI captain added.
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Meanwhile, Ashwin continues to impress in Test cricket as he has bridged the gap with top-ranked bowler Pat Cummins in ICC Test rankings after finishing with four wickets in each innings in India’s 372-run victory.
Ashwin has gained 43 rating points to reach a total of 883 and is 67 points ahead of third-placed Josh Hazlewood.
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