“If He’s Picked…”: New Zealand Great Daniel Vettori Backs Ravichandran Ashwin To Do Well In T20 World Cup

Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori feels Ravichandran Ashwin’s ability to adapt quickly and his vast knowledge of Australian conditions will help him through the T20 World Cup. When it comes to pace and bouncy pitches Down Under, spin bowlers are not that effective and India has Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel in their ranks for the ICC event in October-November. “We all know that Ashwin has been exceptional in Tests. The thing for him is that he has a great IPL and he has clearly been included in the T20 squad for India,” the former New Zealand captain, who is here to present the second edition of the Legends League Cricket, reporters told.

“He’s one of those guys who can adapt very flexibly, he understands what to do in all situations. I think if he’s chosen he will know how to perform. He’s been to Australia a number of times.” the 43-year-old said.

With Ravindra Jadeja injured, Ashwin could fit into the spin bowling all-rounder spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup, he said.

“India has an abundance of spin bowlers, lots to choose from. The fact that most spinners are also all-rounders, I think that sets him apart and gives the team a good balance.”

The former left-arm spin legend went on to say that the key to success for a spinner in Australia is to throw more topspin and bounce like Nathan Lyon does for the home side. “The best guy to see would be Nathan Lyon and the way he bowls on Australian wickets. His ability to bounce through topspin, I think that’s what sets him apart.

“Countries like New Zealand, Australia and England to a lesser extent, 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 subcontinent, you can rely on the wicket to do a little more work for you. But the key to success in Australia is the ability to probably get more topspin than sidespin, which is happening more and more across the subcontinent,” he explained. from.

Speaking about India’s future in the spin bowling division, he said: “Especially when you see those legends at the top such as Ashwin, Jadeja in Test cricket and their ability to progress through all three formats, so many young spinners strive for level.

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

“Ravi Bishnoi and Rahul Chahar are also coming through on the backs of the IPL, so if they play for India in pressure situations, they are ready to succeed,” he concluded.


The Kiwi Great will represent the Virender Sehwag-led Gujarat Giants in LLC’s second edition.

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