In the Hyderabad Test, India recent best spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked his fastest 250 wickets in the ICC 250 wicket-taking list. During this test, Cheteshwar Pujara feels that Ashwin is one of the unpredictable ones for any batsman even when Ashwin holds his half of his best form.
“Pujara said that Ashwin is the toughest spinner when you, “thinks like a batsman.”
“Probably, Ashwin is the toughest spinner when it comes to any opposition team. The teams now plan on how they are going to face Ashwin. I would like to congratulate him for reaching 250 wickets. The kind of brain he has, he thinks as a batsman, what are his weaknesses and areas he needs to bowl. I think it’s his experience that makes him one of the strike bowlers in this team,” Indian Test first down batsman, Pujara said after stumps on day four of the one-off Test here.
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In the first innings, Ravi Ashwin could not perform well as Indian team expects from him. Ashwin only got two wickets for near about 100 runs.
“Ashwin understands that there are situations where he has to bowl tightly. If you look at first innings, he tried his best. He bowled to a plan. There might be some occasions; he can’t get wickets. But that’s the best part of this Indian team. We bowl as a unit; we bowl in partnerships, most of the times. Ashwin is the one who takes wickets, and Jadeja plays the role of a holding batsman. Sometimes Ashwin has to play the role of holding the batsman, and he did that in the first innings.”
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Pujara also said that he expect from the third day onwards Hyderabad pitch will start turning which will make Ashwin to joy his fans mind.
“I think the ball has started turning now. The wicket is slightly on the slower side but it has opened up, and there should be more assistance for spinners tomorrow. We had expected the ball to turn from day three and it started turning little more from fourth compared to the third day. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers. It wasn’t an easy wicket where you can run through the sides. You needed a lot of patience. Bowlers had to work hard to get them out.”
Pujara expects that the last seven Bangladesh wickets will be taken in next couple of sessions.
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“We are hopeful that we will get those seven wickets as early as possible. They batted well in first innings, but it was difficult conditions for our bowlers, I don’t want to criticize our bowlers. We are hopeful we will get seven wickets in next couple of sessions.”