Former England women’s pacer Isa Guha lauded R Ashwin for his outstanding performance in the first two Tests vs Australia, saying India spinner has been a major threat for the hosts.
India off-spinner R Ashwin. (AP Photo)
- Ashwin knows exactly what field he wants to set for each player: Isa Guha
- Ashwin proved at the Boxing Day Test that he can back it up: Guha
- Ashwin, Bumrah have been the best bowlers, supplemented by those around them: Guha
Former England women’s pacer-turned-analyst Isa Guha heaped rich praises on R Ashwin, signaling out him and Jasprit Bumrah as the best bowlers in the ongoing Test series between India and Australia.
Isa Guha pointed out that the Indian team has done meticulous planning of every single Australian batsmen they are up against and Ashwin has been outstanding with his pitch awareness.
“I think he has been outstanding. There’s been a lot of talk about him playing away from the subcontinent and his averages in Australia. This is his fourth time in Australia playing in Test matches. And you could see that he has learned every single time he has come here,” Isa Guha told Sports Today.
“I think everyone knows he is a student of the game. He has come with a plan and so has India. Meticulous planning of every single batter they are up against.
“Ashwin knows exactly what field he wants to set for each player and he has an awareness of how the pitch is changing. When you look at him bowling on Day 1 of the MCG Test, he was getting a lot more turn. He is bowling sort of tight line. And then on the third day, he was getting a lot more drift,” Guha added.
Isa, a veteran of 113 internationals for England, believes Ashwin has been sensational, tactically; with Jasprit Bumrah, he is spearheading the bowling that has left Australia rattled in a series tied 1-1.
“Yes, it was blustery windy condition but he adapted beautifully. His plans have come off which is fantastic and he has been a huge threat. Ashwin proved at the Boxing Day Test that he can back it up. Ashwin, Bumrah have been the best bowlers, supplemented by those around them,” Guha further said.