The spin great from Pakistan and who is credited for inventing ‘Doosra’ for off spinners Saqlain Mushtaq has said that Ravichandran Ashwin is currently India’s best spinner and he is surprised to see him out of team.
Ashwin who is a regular in the IPL, has been kept out of the shorter formats for Team India since July 2017.
“Class is permanent whether you are a finger-spinner or wrist-spinner. Your skills, game reading abilities matter a lot. I was surprised when Ashwin was sidelined from one-day cricket,” Saqlain, was quoted by PTI.
“He knows how to get batsman out in the five-day game, which is much tougher than limited overs cricket. Anyone can do the containment job but someone who knows how take wickets can contain also. He knows both. How can you keep him out? You have to back your best playersplayers, ” Saqlain eloborated.
Seeking more variety, the selectors had opted for wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal after the 2017 Champions Trophy. They both have established themselves in limited overs cricket but have not featured in the eleven together since the 2019 World Cup.