Daniel Vettori backs ‘adaptable’ Ravichandran Ashwin to do well in T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under

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Daniel Vettori backs 'adaptable' Ravichandran Ashwin to do well in T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under
Daniel Vettori backs 'adaptable' Ravichandran Ashwin to do well in T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under

Daniel Vettori backs ‘adaptable’ Ravichandran Ashwin to do well in T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under

Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori feels Ravichandran Ashwin‘s ability to adapt quickly and his vast knowledge of the Australian conditions will help him during the T20 World Cup 2022.

Spin bowlers are less effective on fast and bumpy fields in Australia, but India has players like Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel in their lineup for the ICC tournament in October-November.

“We all know Ashwin has been exceptional in Tests. The thing for him is he’s coming off a great IPL, and he’s obviously included in the T20 squad for India,” the former New Zealand captain, who is here to play the second edition of the Legends League Cricket, told reporters.

“He’s one of those guys who’s very adaptable, he understands what he needs to do in all situations. I think if he’s picked he will know how to perform. He’s been to Australia on a number of occasions,” the 43-year-old said.

He claimed that Ashwin can be a viable candidate for the spin-bowling all-rounder position in the forthcoming T20 World Cup given the injury to Ravindra Jadeja.

“India does have a plethora of spin bowlers, a lot to choose from. The fact that most of the spinners are all-rounders as well I think that sets him apart and gives the team a good balance.”

Daniel Vettori backs 'adaptable' Ravichandran Ashwin to do well in T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under
Daniel Vettori backs ‘adaptable’ Ravichandran Ashwin to do well in T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under

The former left-arm spin legend added that bowling more topspin and getting bounce, like Nathan Lyon does for the home team, is the key to success for a spinner in Australia.

“The best chap to see would be Nathan Lyon and the way he bowls on Australian wickets. His ability to get bounce through top spin, I think that’s where he sets himself apart.

“Countries like New Zealand, Australia and England to a lesser degree, it’s about the drift and the amount of topspin you get on the ball.

“Someone like Lyon has been so successful, because of his seam release. It’s almost a topspin release and he gets that bounce.

“In the sub-continent, you can rely on the wicket doing a bit more work for you. But the key to success in Australia, is the ability to probably get more topspin than side spin. That happens more and more in the sub-continent,” he explained.

Talking about India’s future in the spin bowling department, he said:

“Particularly when you see those legends at the top, the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja in Test cricket. And their ability to transition through all three formats, so many young spinners aspire to that level.

“I can’t talk much about the young group coming through. But the Indian spin group is in good hands because of the players that I’ve mentioned.

“Ravi Bishnoi, Rahul Chahar coming through as well on the back of the IPL. So when they play for India in pressure situations they are ready to succeed,” he concluded.

The Kiwi great will represent Virender Sehwag-led Gujarat Giants in the second edition of LLC.