If you talk about spinner in Test format on the subcontinent, only a select few have got the potential to match the heroics of Ravichandran Ashwin. The record that he owns in the subcontinent is just mindboggling, and it makes him the obvious choice in home conditions.
Nonetheless, his ineffectiveness to being inconsistent with scalps outside his zone has been what has been discussed. Its best example is that Ashwin has been sidelined after the emergence of the duo of Yazuvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Singh. It has been the scenario in both ODIs as well as T20s.
Ravindra Jadeja has recently made a comeback to the ODI squad as owned supreme all-rounder abilities. However, it remains to be seen when Ashwin does that. He has not been in the ‘scheme of things’ since the final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. As things stand today, his chances of making it to the National side looks bleak.
Still, that has not kept the Indian spinner from working on many variations for long. And the forthcoming 2020 season of IPL should be the perfect platform to exhibit his skills. His trade from Kings X1 Punjab to Delhi Capitals was discussed a lot and for no insignificant reason. During the previous seasons, Ashwin had showcased amazing leadership qualities for Kings X1 Punjab. There are a few Indian Team players with the Delhi Capitals, and it would be fascinating to see how the offie fits into the frame.
Ravichandran Ashwin looks all set to play for Delhi Capitals, and there are reasons why could emerge as a game-changer. Here is our analysis!
Ashwin will bring a lot of bowling variations
To bring back himself in the scheme of things, Ashwin has been working hard, try and bring into practice many bowling variations. Ashwin also developed the leg break in the process and had bowled a lot of those in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). He has also been trying unique deliveries with unusual actions. Ashwin has always been a thinking cricketer and spends time working on diverse variations.
As Ashwin does, he may be trying out a few of them in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2020 season. From slider to the carrom ball to traditional leg break and more, he has got many things in his arsenal to trouble the batsman. It is still in the womb of time, but you never know Ashwin can be that X-Factor that Delhi Capitals may be looking in middle and power play overs.
Ashwin has got leadership capabilities
Shreyas Iyer is expected to lead the team in IPL 2020 as he took the side to the playoffs and will surely be looking to go beyond. Iyer was able to do Captain’s duty after Gautam Gambhir stepped down from being the skipper in the middle of IPL 2018. Even though Ashwin could not seal the playoff berth for Kings XI Punjab, but there is no doubt on his leadership skills, which was visible in the season. Ashwin had captained the side almost like Dhoni does. He has also played under MSD a lot, and the former World Cup- winning Captain surely has a lot to contribute to Ashwin’s transition.
A favourable wicket at Kotla may become helpful for Ashwin
The wicket at the Feroz Shah Kolta (now, Arun Jaitley Stadium), in the capital city of Delhi, has always been on the slower side. It assists spinners and slow bowlers. Spinners have had a great time while playing at this ground for years. And it is being pegged that the inclusion of Ashwin should work as a masterstroke for the local team.
It is what Ricky Ponting; the Head Coach of the Delhi Capital is hopeful of. He believes that keeping Ashwin in the mix of things should make a big inroad for the team’s prospects!
“Ashwin adds a ton of value to any team that he’s a part of, and I’m sure it’s going to be any different when he joins Delhi Capitals,”
Ricky Ponting was recently stated as saying on what Ashwin is capable of bringing on the table for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020.
“It is no secret that the pitch on our Indian ground is on the slower side, and is known to assist spinners. I believe, R Ashwin, with his clever bowling, will have a massive impact when he bowls on it,” He further added.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been a great asset for whichever team he had played so far in IPL. Ashwin has played 139 matches and claimed 125 wickets at an amazingly wonderful economy of 6.79. His role as the front spin bowler with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) under Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been one of the greats.
With his hunger for wickets far from dying anytime soon, Ashwin should help himself pick bounty of wickets for Delhi Capitals in the impending IPL 2020 season. As new IPL season is round the corner you can start playing fantasy cricket on dream11 and start making some big bucks by using your cricket knowledge.