Gautam Gambhir says “It is necessary for him to first understand that he is an off-spinner” on R Ashwin. Gambhir has attacked R Ashwin for not bowling off-spin. Instead of using his variations during yesterday’s IPL 2021. It is the encounter between the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was introduced into the attack on the second delivery of the ninth over. When Stoinis had to leave the field due to an injury. Gambhir failed to create an impression. He went wicketless in the 2.5 overs bowled.
Although Rishabh Pant did put down Kane Williamson off his bowling. During a discussion on Star Sports, Gambhir questioned R Ashwin’s tactics of not bowling off-spin.
“He is currently the best off-spinner in the world but he didn’t bowl off-spin at all. It is necessary for him to first understand that he is an off-spinner. It was an ideal situation for him where the opposition was three or four down,” Gautam Gambhir said.
Gambhir added that R Ashwin should have bowled his stock delivery. It’s until the batsmen went after him.
“There is no doubt that you have not played cricket for a long time, you didn’t play the four Tests and the match pressure is completely different, whichever format it might be, you should have bowled your traditional off-spin until you were hit for a six,” Gambhir said.
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Lastly, R Ashwin has played just a couple of competitive games. Since the first half of the Indian Premier League 2021. He was part of the Indian team for the WTC final and played a county match for Surrey. But was not choose for any of the four Tests against England.
“You should have bowled the Test match-type bowling and got back your rhythm and feel. Whether it is batting or bowling, everything is about the feel. We saw the knuckleball at the start itself. The entire world knows that you have a variation of all types, you can bowl the googly, leg-spin, knuckle ball but you are still an off-spinner,” Gautam Gambhir said.