IND vs. AUS: The 4-match test series between India and Australia will start from February 9. Even before the start of this Test series, the bowler being discussed the most in the Australian camp is none other than Ravichandran Ashwin. After arriving in India, the Kangaroo team has also practiced fiercely in the nets against Mahesh Pithia, an action shooter like him, to deal with the danger of Ashwin in Alur.
Playing Ravichandran Ashwin in Indian conditions has been very difficult for any team in the last decade. In this, the Australian team comes first. In the year 2017 when the Australian team last played a Test series in India, during that time Ashwin took a total of 21 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 27.38.
Facing Ashwin’s balls has never been an easy task for the Australian team on pitches in India. For this reason, Ashwin have so far taken the most career wickets of his against any team in the Test format, then it’s just Australia. Ashwin has so far played 18 Test matches against the Kangaroo team in which he has a total of 89 wickets at an average of 31.48.
On the other hand, if Ashwin’s performance against Australia is viewed under domestic conditions, he has recorded a total of 50 wickets in 8 Tests at an average of 23.16. Aside from this, Ashwin has also been seen giving a great batting contribution in the lower order and has so far also played 2 innings of a half-century against the Australian side in the Test format.
Ashwin will become a big threat to Smith and Warner
If we look at the batting order of the Kangaroo team, apart from Marnus Labuschagne, the team’s hitting is also going to depend a lot on Steve Smith and David Warner. In such a situation, the good performance of these players can significantly contribute to the team winning the Test series. Though Smith and Warner’s record against Ashwin isn’t much better.
Smith has lost his wicket to Ashwin 6 times so far, of which he has been caught 5 times. On the other hand, when it comes to David Warner, he has been the victim of Ashwin’s balls on 10 occasions. So far, Ashwin has taken out Warner LBW 5 times. Marnish Labushen and Usman Khawaja have also been sacked 2-2 times in Ashwin’s balls so far.
Please say that at present, Ashwin is second only to Anil Kumble in terms of taking the most wickets in Test cricket for India. Ashwin has taken a total of 449 wickets at an average of 24.3 in 88 Test matches played so far, in which he too managed to take 5 wickets in an innings 30 times.
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