NZ vs Ind: Ashwin talks about India’s struggles against tailenders
Team India have often come under fire for their inability to dismiss the tailenders especially in Test matches abroad. It is because of their failure to remove the tailenders, they are finding it hard to win games because tailenders often change the momentum of the game.
The same scenario was witnessed during the first Test match at Basin Reserve in Wellington between New Zealand and India. The hosts had a lead of just 60 with three wickets in hand in the first innings and India could have easily cleaned up the remaining part but instead ended up conceding 183 as the deficit.
Kyle Jamieson and Trent Boult mounted pressure on the Indian bowlers by scoring boundaries at will. Meanwhile, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked up three wickets replied to India’s inability to dislodge the tailenders.
“I think sometimes we pay too much (attention) to say we need to bowl out teams far quicker. I am not saying we shouldn’t. But batsmen don’t get out anymore. Lower-order batsmen put a price on their wickets. If you were on the true wicket, some time 20-25 years ago, you will probably end up with a fifer,” Ravichandran Ashwin told.
Ashwin showered praise on debutant Jamieson who made a dream debut in ODI and Test. “Nowadays, Jamieson, I think he has got a couple of 1st-class hundreds if I am not wrong. His name… Patel, he can bat well. You have got to give credit where it’s due,” concluded Ashwin.