Ravichandran Ashwin is a thoughtful cricketer who constantly reinvents himself, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman said, stressing that preparation is the key to the veteran’s off-spinner success.
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Ashwin recently became the fourth Indian bowler to win 400 test wickets, when he pulled off the feat of sending Jofra Archer back in the pink ball test at Ahmedabad, which the team led by Virat Kohli won by 10 wickets in less than two days.
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Aswin, 34, also became the second fastest player to reach the benchmark after Sri Lankan wizard Muttiah Muralitharan.
“I think he’s (Ashwin) a very smart person. When playing at the highest level, it’s not just about skill, but also your preparation, planning and execution are so essential.
“So he determines what the drummer’s weaknesses are. He’s planning these layoffs and that’s why I think he’s reinventing himself,” said Laxman, a 134-test veteran. Star sports.
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To prove his point, Laxman cited the example of Steve Smith’s problem with Ashwin on the recent Down Under Indian tour.
“We saw recently in the Australian series how he (Ashwin) troubled someone as tall as Steve Smith and that’s another thing that makes Ashwin or any champion player special he wants to be. the best and compete with the best, ”he said.
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Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra also praised Ashwin, saying he was one of the greatest match winners the country has ever produced.
“78 tryout games for 400 tryout wickets. Opponents be! He’s been absolutely phenomenal with the craft he’s shown for a period of time and as he grows as a bowler he chooses lots of wickets. So that question mark is also very well answered, “said Chopra.
“I think he is an absolute rockstar. He is one of the greatest match winners India has ever produced, of course Anil Kumble will always remain No. 1,” added 43, who played 10 campaign tests.