Indian great Noshir Mehta advised Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to change his bowling action while another former Indian off-spinner Sunil Joshi believes that Ashwin is still India’s No.1 Test spinner.
Noshir thinks that Ashwin’s run-up is very straight, which does not allow him to get side-on when he delivers the ball. For Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has recently become the number one test bowler in the ICC Test rankings, Mehta said that he is the most improved crop of the Indian set-up at the moment.
Mehta told Telangana today, “I think he has to make some corrections in his bowling technique. As an off-spinner, he doesn’t have a diagonal run and instead runs straight. By running straight, it is difficult to get side-on, the left-hand does not come into action and the right leg while finishing, points towards covers instead of at the batsman.”
He further added, “Therefore, on slightly flat wickets or outside sub-continent, he will struggle. If he bowls a little more diagonally and makes these minor adjustments, he can be a much effective bowler.”
Former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi said that Ravindra Jadeja has improved drastically during this season, whose credit goes to Team India head coach Anil Kumble. He also said that foreign players have become well-acquainted with the subcontinent pitches and bowlers due to the Indian Premier League.
Joshi stated, “During his playing days, Kumble was master of accuracy and a disciplined bowler. He never wavered in line and length. Jadeja has benefited a lot from Kumble’s inputs. In today’s cricket, thanks to IPL, many of the foreign batsmen have become confident against sub-continent spinners.’’
Despite having a slight slump in his form, Joshi believes that Ravi Ashwin is still India’s No.1 Test spinner. He added about Ashwin, “Ashwin may be little off-colour and trifle unlucky not to get wickets. He is still India’s best spinner. Yes, of course, Jadeja has made rapid strides.’’