The myth of tail-enders is over-stated: Ashwin

Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin feels in modern cricket, most of the teams have players who all can bat.

Ravi Ashwin
The hosts India are in total control against South Africa in the ongoing second Test after bowling the visitors out for only 275 runs. However, they could have restricted them under 200 if they could break the partnership between Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj.

The duo put 109-run stand and somehow saved the visitors from utter humiliation. It has been a common scenario for the hosts in the recent past that they failed to wrap up the innings because of the tail-enders and have also been criticized.

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However, off-spinner Ravi Ashwin believes it’s high time to accept the fact that now everyone in the team can bat well.

“I think the myth of tail-enders is over-stated and when someone bats well, he bats well. Nowadays, nobody is really a mug with the bat. In our team also, everybody bats pretty well till No 11.”

“Like I said, it is a good pitch and Philander batted beautifully. His defensive technique to spin and fast bowling was wonderful. He played with soft hands and the bat face was slightly running down,” Ashwin added.

When asked if India would enforce the follow-on, Ashwin played it safe and said it’s down to the skipper Virat Kohli.

“At least, I haven’t thought about the follow-on. I think the captain will decide overnight on what he should be doing. It is also important, how bowlers recover tomorrow morning.”

“This is a typically Indian pitch from my experience. These are the kind of pitches you tend to get in first-class cricket, so I don’t see why it’s not a typical Indian pitch,” he concluded.

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