Team India’s wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been instrumental in Virat Kohli and boys’ rise to the top of the tables in limited-overs cricket in the last year. And the boys have once again shown their skills as they have spun a web over the South African batsmen in the ongoing series.
This has in fact prompted Test spin spearhead Ravi Ashwin to work on bowling leg-spin. The Kings XI Punjab spinner will put this practice to test during the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja might have been displaced from the ODI team due to Chahal and Kuldeep’s consistent performance in the shorter formats.
Ashwin said in a recent interview: “This is part of my plan going into the IPL. I am just trying to build my armoury. I used to bowl good legbreaks with my offspin action when I was playing league cricket in Chennai. Over a period of time, in a search to get my stock ball right, I obviously had to cut out a lot of those things,”
He added: “I had possessed a lot more variations. Having bowled off-break as the stock ball for almost 10 years, trying to change things around is challenging. But I don’t really settle for anything. At no point in my career, I thought ‘this is it’ and decided to settle for the rest of my career.”