‘Ashwin is India’s number one spinner’: Saqlain Mushtaq
Legendary Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has termed Ravichandran Ashwin as India’s number one spinner in Tests. He thinks that Team India will also not be able to keep Ashwin away from limited overs cricket for long.
Ashwin has taken 362, 150 and 52 wickets in 71 Tests, 111 ODIs and 46 T20Is for the national team. He also has a significant contribution in the bat. However, after 2017, he did not get a chance in the limited overs cricket team of Men in Blue.
Saqlain has been pleasantly surprised. He says it is most difficult to get the batsman out in Tests. However, Ashwin has been consistently performing well in this format. However, he does not get a place in limited overs cricket.
According to the inventor of ‘Doosra’, Ashwin knows very well how to get a batsman out in five-day cricket. In that case, he could easily be given a chance in ODI and T20 cricket. Saqlain has commented that India did not have a successful spinner like Ashwin on home soil and will not have one in the future. He said that still this off-spinner can give a lot to India. He should be given more opportunities by the Indian team management.
According to Pakistani legend, in his current form, Ashwin will comfortably play 100 Tests for India. He also believes that Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will play hundreds of Tests.