Home > News >

Ravichandran Ashwin lacks skills to do well abroad, says Erapalli Prasanna

Ravichandran Ashwin © AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin (right) has been going through a rough patch recently © AFP

By Kushan Sarkar

New Delhi: Jan 24, 2014

Former Test spinner Erapalli Prasanna is highly critical of Ravichandran Ashwin‘s performance for India while playing abroad, saying the Tamil Nadu tweaker lacks deception in his bowling.

Ashwin, in his last five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in South Africa and New Zealand, has taken only a single wicket bowling 46 overs for 271 runs.

“It’s simple. Ashwin lacks the required deception to trouble international batsmen. Deception is a quality that should worry your opposition. Not only the batsman who is facing you should be worried but also the man padded up and due to come next should also be worried. The deliveries should work on his mind also,” Prasanna told PTI .

The 73-year-old Prasanna, who had 189 wickets in 49 Test matches, also questioned Ashwin’s tactics of stopping at the crease while bowling.

“I am not very sure if you can call that variation. May be he is imagining that he is deceiving the batsman but does he realize that it is just a single delivery. Once the batsman reads it, he will play the delivery easily over after over,” the veteran off spinner pointed out.

Another aspect of Ashwin’s bowling that Prasanna disliked was coming round the wicket to right-handed batsmen.

“You need to be aggressive as a bowler. If Ashwin is coming round the wicket to a right-hander, then automatically you are removing leg before decision out of equation. Which means your mindset is negative. You are only trying to stop the flow of runs and not get wickets. That’s not acceptable,” he said.

Prasanna did not mince words when he pointed out how Ashwin has only been successful on “spin-friendly” tracks in India.

“If I am not wrong, Ashwin I believe got 95-96 of his Test wickets (95 out of 104) at home. And even in those wickets, a bulk of it against West Indies, who didn’t have quality players against spin bowling. The only team that came with a lot of homework was England and Ashwin hardly looked effective against them”, he said.

“During our times, myself, Bishan Bedi and Chandra won matches for India on foreign conditions irrespective of help from track,” Prasanna said.

Prasanna said that given a choice, he would rather pick Harbhajan Singh in place of Ashwin atleast in limited overs version though he was not a great fan of the seasoned off-spinner.

“I was watching Harbhajan’s bowling during Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka. I wasn’t really impressed with two wickets. In a Ranji match, he should be able to run through the sides.

“Having said that I would pick Harbhajan ahead of Ashwin in ODIs as he is quicker through the air and bowls flatter which will restrict runs. Ashwin is neither being able to check runs nor take wickets,” he explained.

Prasanna’s comments on Ravindra Jadeja‘s performance was not charitable either.

“Even Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling is quite predictable. He has only the odd ball that turns away from right handers.

Otherwise, he only bowls up and down stuff (cricketing terminology for flat bowling)”, Prasanna said.

“He bowls a faster one trying to get leg before decision. On good batting wickets, international batsmen would wait for two to three overs and then attack him. He would go for 60 plus runs. I am not very sure how these two spinners would perform in next year’s ICC World Cup 2015,” he concluded.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 198 runs

Photos

Don Bradman's ducks

Videos

Mitchell Marsh: This is a big opportunity for me

India vs England Live Cricket Score 2nd ODI at Cardiff: India win by 113 runs by D/L method

Australia vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 2 at Harare: South Africa win by 7 wickets

Don Bradman and his ducks

India vs England ODI series 2014: Why an Indian win will be surprising

MS Dhoni taking on England in England and BCCI at home!

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Live Cricket Score: West Indies vs Bangladesh, only T20I at Basseterre

Live Scorecard: West Indies vs Bangladesh, only T20I at Basseterre

Live Streaming: West Indies vs Bangladesh, only T20I at Basseterre

Ranjan Madugalle completes 500 international matches as match referee

India romp to massive 133-run win by D/L method against England in 2nd ODI to lead series 1-0

West Indies vs Bangladesh, only T20I at Basseterre: Match called off after rain, power outage

Ice Bucket Challenge inspires Shane Warne, Andrew Symonds and Salman Butt to come up with innovative ideas!

West Indies vs Bangladesh, only T20I at Basseterre Preview: Hosts will look to maintain clean slate

10 little known facts about Lasith Malinga

AB de Villiers’ ton for South Africa against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular series 2014 another testament to his place as a modern great

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

664 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny cricket video

Break a Sweat With Doonya’s Bollywood Workout Classes

Hyperlapse iOS app review: Simple, hassle-free time-lapse video creator unlocks loads of creative possibilities

Leaked: Inside pictures of Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 8 house?

Kaun Banega Crorepati 8: Amitabh Bachchan strikes a happy pose with Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor -view pic!

Malala Yousafzai Speaks About Her Fight for Education

HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords citing “fire and burn hazard”

How to have sex after having a baby

What is a yeast infection?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here