Before ODI WC 2023, Ravichandran Ashwin gives a timely reminder of guidance and off-spinner value

The brilliant performance by Ravichandran Ashwin is making a strong case for himself before the ODI World Cup 2023 while giving a timely reminder of how lethal he can be. The spotlight has been on Ravichandran Ashwin ever since he was included in the ODI squad of Team India for the three-match series against the Australian cricket team. Having picked up a solitary wicket playing only in his second ODI in six years, Ashwin followed it up with a stellar spell that left the Australian middle order in tatters as they faced an uphill battle against India in Indore.
In the second ODI match, Team Australia had already lost Matthew Short and their captain before the rain break, and once play resumed, Ashwin took center stage to further hurt the handicapped visiting side.
He gave a timely reminder of the guile and value of an off-spinner in India’s squad, heading into a home World Cup.
Ashwin first took the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne and later dismissed David Warner as the Aussie opener was trying to bat right-handed and was hit plumb in front of the stumps in the process.
Josh Inglis was also trapped by LBW shortly afterwards, and the three quick dismissals ensured India nipped the Australian comeback hopes in the bud.



Sep 25, 2023 5:14 AM