Indian senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become downward spiral in One-day cricket, however, skipper Virat Kohli thinks unfair to be decisive of him given the challenges of bowling on flat decks in the format.
Off-spinner Ashwin was smashed by rookie Fakhar Zaman as he conceded 70 runs in 10 wicket-less overs in India’s 180-run loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy final. Ashwin got an only single wicket in three matches 167 runs from 29 overs.
When asked about Ashwin poor performance, whether he needs to revisit his plans, Kohli said “Every spinner has challenges on flat decks and every spinner could go for runs. Especially on wickets like these, where if a batsman gets going, it really becomes difficult for the spinner and people are slogging across the line and getting away with it.”
Kohli explains about the helpless feeling, “You can’t really do much as a spinner because you are making them pay where you want to play, but still, they are executing those shots.”
According to his Kohli’s plans, every bowler needs to know about the batsman, “It is not humanly possible to not concede boundaries and sixes. You have to understand whether you made the batsman hit where you wanted him to hit and take a risk, or you have bowled a bad ball. I think that’s the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more.”
Talking about the decision taken by him to play two spinners, Kohli said “We created a combination after the loss against Sri Lanka. We didn’t want to be too predictable from there on in the tournament and two spinners together did a good job for us.”
“I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka. So I have no feelings otherwise about the combination.”
Kohli said that the top three batsmen failed together, “Yeah, it’s always a bad feeling when you got out or the batting doesn’t work collectively, and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way.”
Kohli lamented, “So yeah, I also felt the same kind of emotions, but you know, you have played enough to understand that your job is done, you tried your best, and then you can’t control anything afterwards.”