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Monday, January 1, 2018

R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja have the skills to perform overseas: Ajinkya Rahane

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ashwin, Jadeja have been two of India's biggest heroes in Test cricket at home.
  • India have now won nine successive Test series since August 2015.
  • Ashwin finished as the top wicket-taker in Tests in 2015 and 2016
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have to change their style a bit but both spinners have it in them to do well away from home, said Ajinkya Rahane in an interview with India Today.

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R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been two of India's biggest heroes in Test cricket during a dominant run at home. The two spinners took 110 wickets between them this year as India won 7 out of their 11 Tests. (Rahane confident of doing well in South Africa, says 2013 experience will help)
India have now won nine successive Test series since August 2015 and that has largely been possible thanks to Ashwin's guile and Jadeja's consistency.
In fact, Ashwin finished as the top wicket-taker in Tests in 2015 and 2016 taking 62 and 72 wickets respectively. In 2017, he snared 54.
However, both Ashwin and Jadeja were sidelined from limited-overs cricket after the Champions Trophy as the team management sought to bring in two young wrist spinners. The two seasoned pros are not done yet and it should surprise no one if either or both of them can bounce back into the ODI side in the New Year.
The other big challenge for the duo would be the overseas Test matches starting with the South Africa tour. India's pace attack led by Umesh Yadav is being hailed as one of the best to have left these shores in recent years. Can Ashwin's off-spin and Jadeja's fast left-arm spin, then create an impact in South Africa, England and Australia, where pitches will favour the fast bowlers? (MS Dhoni's advice means a lot, Team India lucky to have him: Ajinkya Rahane to India Today)
India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane certainly feels both his lead spinners have what it takes to do well in conditions that do not traditionally assist spinners.
"I feel Ashwin and Jadeja have it in them to deliver abroad and not only in India," Rahane told India Today. (Kohli's focus never drops after a hundred, he's hungry for more: Ajinkya Rahane)
But Rahane conceded Ashwin and Jadeja would need to change their bowling styles slightly to be able to succeed away from home.
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Last time India toured overseas (apart from West Indies and New Zealand), the management did not think twice about leaving Ashwin out of the playing XI. In South Africa in 2013, he was left out of the Durban Test after going wicketless in Johannesburg.
Later in 2014, when India toured Australia for a four-Test series, Virat Kohli opted for a more aggressive option in leg-spinner Karn Sharma over Ashwin. But it all changed for the Chennai off-spinner in Sri Lanka during the series of 2015.
Rahane, who has also been an integral part of India's dazzling Test journey, said both Ashwin and Jadeja would need to tweak their tactics a little bit in foreign conditions.
"See when you play in India you have to bowl in a certain way and. If you see Moeen Ali, Nathan Lyon if they are playing in England or Australia, they have to bowl with a different style.
"So, Ashwin and Jadeja are doing really well (at home) at the moment but I am sure they are capable of doing well abroad as well. Yes, they have to change their style a bit, skills a bit, have to bowl at a different pace but I completely believe that and I am confident that whoever plays or if both of them plays they will do well in abroad," Rahane said.
Ashwin and Jadeja, of course, would not get the chance to bowl in tandem against South Africa. India will, in all likelihood, go in with six batsmen, a wicketkeeper and four bowlers. The bowling attack might consist of three pacers and the solitary spinner. The good thing for India is both their spinners are good batsmen and can contribute down the order.
It will all come down to whose skills matter more. Then what will matter is which of these spinners can do what the team wants him to do. It will be an interesting few weeks ahead in January.
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