“Ashwin is basically the Bradman of bowling. What he is doing is quite incredible. I think he is the player we have to overcome,” said the Aussie Test legend.
Waugh singled out off-spinner Ashwin as the single most decisive factor in the upcoming four-match Test series between Australia and India. “The Australians would have to look at ways to overcome Ashwin’s bowling. If Aussies can do that then we will have a chance. The guys need to stay calm under pressure,” he added.
The 30-year-old spinner, already sits equal-fifth on the all-time list for 10-wicket Test hauls, having taken seven in his 45 matches, behind only Muthiah Muralitharan (22 in 133 Tests), Shane Warne (10 in 145), Sir Richard Hadlee (nine in 86) and Anil Kumble (eight in 132).
Ashwin’s strike-rate of 51.5 is the lowest among spinners with 250-plus wickets, while his record at home is simply staggering: 187 wickets in 28 Tests at 22.11.
However, Waugh believes Australia’s aggressive opener David Warner will be the key man for the tourists in combating Ashwin.
“David Warner is an amazing player – he is someone who has redefined the role of opening batting. He will be facing Ashwin and that will test him. It will be interesting to watch. He doesn’t care about reputation, always backs himself and doesn’t get nervous. It will be a really good series. Whether Australia win or compete, Warner is going to score a lot of runs,” he concluded.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com