Ravi Ashwin lashes out at pitch critics
India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the star performer in the four-match Test series against England. The veteran spinner spun the web at the right line and lengths and as a result, he was able to deceive England batsmen.
The 34-year-old cricketer not only bowled well but also contributed with the bat as well. Ashwin was named the man of the series for taking 32 wickets in the series. Moreover, he scored his fifth Test century in his hometown, Chennai in the second Test match against England.
Overall, the veteran played a substantial role in India’s thumping 3-1 victory over England. The visitors started their assignment with a bang by clinching the Test opener by a margin of 227 runs before India responded straight away with three wins out of three.
The hosts won the fourth Test by an innings and 25 runs and they have qualified for the ICC World Test Championship final. India will lock horns with New Zealand on June 18, 2021. Ravi Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker of the series and Axar Patel follows next on the list with 27 wickets in the debut series.
Ashwin slams pitch critics
India’s off-spinner once again launched a scathing attack at pitch critics when the former England players and other overseas cricketers continued to blabber over the pitches. Meanwhile, the experienced spinner shut the critics with a sharp comment.
The carrom-ball spinner said that the latest series victory justifies the top quality of the Indian cricket team. He also further agreed with India’s batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar’s remark about the pitch critics in which the latter urged the Indian cricket circle not to bat an eye on overseas players’ comments and media.
“This series win is a testament to the fact that this is a very good Indian cricket team, that is all I would like to say. The criticism around the pitch, all that, the other day, Sunny sir was saying something that makes complete sense,” Ravichandran Ashwin said in a virtual press conference.
“Only because you are giving attention to people who are making a mockery of cricket, I think we are encouraging them to do more and more stuff. I would like to see one day when there is a lot of grass on the pitch somewhere else in the world, our Indian commentators talking about it and then putting an Instagram post, I would like to see that and how the global media reacts to that, then we will know, who is at fault,” he added.