first_imgThe former Pakistan off-spinner lauded Ashwin, who has The former Pakistan off-spinner lauded Ashwin, who has been Indias top-wicket taker in Indian conditions. Saqlain, in fact, said Ashwin is way ahead of Australias Nathan Lyon and Moeen Ali of England. “Nathan Lyon and Moeen Ali still need to prove themselves but Ashwin is a world class bowler and is bowling superbly at the moment. He has good attitude and I wish him all the best. Ashwin has proved himself at Test level but the other two still need to do a bit more,” he said. Saqlain also defended the Tamil Nadu tweakers poor performance outside the sub-continent. “Just like batsmen when they go out of the sub-continent, they face problems, similarly spinners also face their share of problems. Ashwin has skills. He has troubled batsmen in the sub-continent and he is capable of doing that outside as well. One needs to accept that in places like England and Australia, the performance graph will go down a bit. “In Australia, you will play with three pacers and a specialist spinner, in India it will be opposite. The surface, the condition, the ball (SG in India, dukes in England and kookaburra in Australia) — everything changes. So if Ashwin gets five-for in India, he will perhaps get three in Australia. A captains plan for spinners in Australia is completely different unless there is some grip in the pitch. “Spinner is your fourth option and accordingly will bowl less number of overs,” he concluded. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisementlast_img

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