Harbhajan blames Ashwin for Southampton defeat

Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh blames the another Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for India’s defeat in Southampton where conditions were much more helpful to spinners.

India lost the fourth Test to England by 60 runs and that had cost them the five match Test series. For England’s victory their off spinner Moeen Ali played a key role by picking up a total tally of nine wickets in the match. Moeen Ali had much turn in that pitch and that troubled Indian batsmen a lot.

After first two days, there was enough dust on the surface for a spinner to enjoy. Moeen Ali used that dust and the foot marks of big fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Ishant Sharma very well. At the same time India’s leading spinner in the longest format of the game had failed to use the surface in an effective manner.

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His back stiffness that he had during the third Test might be a reason for his failure. But it was a complete disappointment from the off spinner as he took only three wickets in the match.

Harbhajan Singh, another off spinner from India feels that Ashwin had failed to capitalize the advantages offered by the surface.

“There was so much help available on this wicket for the off-spinners. Just landing the ball at that particular rough patch would have fetched a lot of wickets. That is exactly what Moeen Ali did and got so many wickets.”

Turbanator has mentioned that if Ashwin was able to take two or three more wickets then it would have put the visitors in a commanding position.“India lost the match where Moeen Ali bowled better than R Ashwin. For the first time, I saw England spinners bowling better than our spinners. Him (Ashwin) not being able to take wickets is the reason why we are 1-3 behind in the series,” the 38-year-old remarked.

“Ashwin is a great bowler and has achieved so much for India. But he failed to take wickets when it mattered the most, that is on Day 3. Had he taken just two or three wickets, not even a five-wicket haul, then India would have been chasing a target of 160-170 runs for victory which was very much achievable,” he further added.

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