Ravichandran Ashwin performed better than nathan lyon in india vs australia nagpur test learned carrom ball from gully cricketer


R Ashwin took 8 wickets in Nagpur Test against Australia
Australia’s off-spinner Nathan Lyon was able to take only 1 wicket in the Nagpur Test.
How Ravichandran Ashwin is getting better off-spinner with age

New Delhi. India took the lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by defeating Australia in the Nagpur Test. In this Test, Australia’s off-spinner has taken 8 wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin has also taken the same number of wickets. But Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy took these 8 wickets after bowling 96 overs. At the same time, R Ashwin took 8 wickets in 27.5 overs. That is, while the Australian off-spinner took a wicket in every 72 balls, Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket in every 21 balls. How is there so much difference between Australia’s off-spinner and Ashwin’s bowling in same wicket, same condition. After all why Ashwin was so successful in Nagpur and Australian bowlers were seen struggling for wickets. How Ashwin is getting better with age.

Home condition can be one answer to the question related to R Ashwin’s recovery. Hardly any other bowler would know the mood of the Indian condition and pitch better than Ashwin. This is the reason why despite not having much spin on the Nagpur wicket, Ashwin was more effective than the Australian off-spinner. Because he made better use of the pace and variation of the ball, from his action in the Nagpur Test.

Ashwin uses the carrom ball the most to trap the batsmen. Very few people would know how Ashwin learned this ball. Ashwin himself revealed in an interview that he learned carrom ball. Actually Ashwin had learned to throw carrom ball from a street cricketer.

Carrom ball learned from gully cricketer
Ashwin had told an anecdote related to this in an interview, when I went to play cricket with a tennis ball for the first time, I was batting. There the boy was bowling with a different action and his ball was coming inside the air itself. He was constantly swinging the balls both ways. I was stunned to see this. The name of that boy was Karthik Shekhar. After this I used to go to learn carrom ball from him every morning for the next 10-15 days.

reverse carrom ball learned from a test player
Another example of why Ashwin is the number-1 spinner today is his reverse carrom ball. He learned this ball from Sri Lankan spinner Sachitra Senanayake. Who has been able to play only 1 Test for Sri Lanka so far. Sachitra made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka in 2011-12 against South Africa. At the time of his debut, he had taken 297 wickets in 59 first class matches. The traditional carrom ball which used to come out after falling on the pitch. Sachitra invented the reverse carrom ball. Which used to come inside fast in the air. It was very difficult for the batsman to catch it. However, later he was also banned due to the action.

Ashwin made a comeback in this format after 4 years from the T20 World Cup in 2021. The reverse carrom ball was a major contributor to R Ashwin’s comeback. He himself accepted this. Because only after a few years, the batsmen understood his carrom ball. In such a situation, he included reverse carrom ball in his quiver. This ball becomes the time of the batsmen like the inswing of a fast bowler.

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That is, compared to the rest of the bowlers, Ashwin kept improving his bowling with time and did not let any bowler who got a chance to learn new variations go empty. This is the reason why he was more effective in Nagpur Test than Nathan Lyon who took more wickets than him. If Lion was able to take 1 wicket, Ashwin took 8 wickets.

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