Aakash Chopra has expressed his disappointment with Ravichandran Ashwin’s disappointing performance in the Test series against South Africa.
Ashwin managed to trap just three wickets in the 64.1 overs he played in the three-game series against the Proteas. Two of those scalps were the last two wickets to seal Indian victory in the Boxing Day Test.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra singled out Ravichandran Ashwin’s inability to pick up wickets in the fourth innings as one of the reasons for Team India’s Test series loss to South Africa. He said:
“Ravichandran Ashwin – there was a lot of expectation from him. In my opinion, Ashwin doesn’t take wickets, especially in the fourth innings, I think that was disappointing for sure.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that the off-spinner wasn’t consistent enough with the bat either when at bat at No. 7. Chopra explained:
“Jadeja wasn’t there so he was certain to play. He will have to hit at No. 7 so there will be point expectations, he also played a good shot, made 46 points. But other than that, does he score short every time – no, will he score runs every time – no.”
Ashwin scored 89 runs over six innings in the three-game series. 46 of those points came in one shot in the first inning at the Wanderers.
“Then you’ll have to pick up wickets” – Aakash Chopra on the fight between Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja
Aakash Chopra pointed out that Ravindra Jadeja will steal a march on Ravichandran Ashwin if the latter doesn’t deliver with the ball in overseas conditions. He explained:
“Then you will have to pick up wickets because it was always the fight between Jadeja and Ashwin. If you have to decide based on batting, then play Jaddu. If you have to decide based on bowling, their performances have been at par. “
While acknowledging pitching away won’t help spinners much, the 44-year-old added that Ashwin failed to create an impression. Chopra observed:
“I was a bit disappointed. I expected a lot of him to do something, to contribute a bit more, whether it was the ground in Johannesburg or Cape Town. Of course, they’re not going to be rank turners but there was no contribution with the ball.”
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Aakash Chopra also criticized the fact that Ashwin operates with defensive fields. He added that the captain cannot be blamed for this as the veteran has to take the call.
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