Dinesh Karthik steps in for Ashwin: Sanjay Manjrekar’s recent statement of not including Ravichandran Ashwin in an ‘all time great’ category has been doing the rounds in the past couple of days. The post from the former Indian batsman turned expert has led to quite a few fans and active players come in Ashwin’s defence.
Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that Ashwin hasn’t been as effective in SENA (Southa Afruca, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries in contrast to his dominance at home.
But wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik feels that it’s a bit unfair on Ravi Ashwin, as he ensured his authority in Australia this season, by claiming 12 wickets from the three Tests. Ashwin’s contributions played a pivotal role for Team India to claim the series 2-1.
“When it comes to Ashwin, a lot of things have been said about his performances in SENA continues. I think it’s a tad bit unfair. Even if you see the way he has bowled in Australia, the pressure he has been able to create, and his ability to get good batsmen out.” Karthik said.
Dinesh Karthik also spoke about how Ravichandran Ashwin isn’t just any other bowler who looks to bowl on rank turners, but is an extremely intelligent cricketer with great skill.
“As an opposition, you look at Ashwin and always think he is a guy whom we need to play carefully. He is not a random bloke who just turns up, he will have a plan, he knows what he is doing and gives you a lot with the bat at No. 8. He is probably one of the better No. 8s going around. For me, he is a fighter, a very skilled cricketer, and a student of the game who wants to keep improving. He will know what this Indian team requires from him when they travel abroad and I think he will try and fulfill that role to his best,” he further added.
Ravichandran Ashwin will be back in action for the ICC WTC Final versus New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. The match will take place from June 18-22, with an option of a sixth day to determine the result if the need arises.