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Ashwin used the crease well against West Indies: Kumble

Final day of first test match against Australia. Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, July 18 : After deceiving West Indies with his guile and spin (12-131) in the first Test at Dominica, R Ashwin secured his 8th Ten-wicket match haul, becoming the joint-most for an Indian, alongside Anil Kumble.

He is also just one 5-wicket haul in Tests behind Kumble’s 35.

His dozen coupled with debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 171 enabled India to wrap the proceedings by the third evening. India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests and JioCinema expert Anil Kumble praised the off-spinner’s massive effort, the best for any Indian in the West Indies.

“Ashwin plays with the batsmen’s mind. It is not just about the skills you have. It is also the ability to transfer pressure onto the batter which you could see in every batter that faced R Ashwin, you could see that in their body language,” Kumble remarked.

Kumble also observed Ashwin’s optimal use of the crease against the home team’s left-handers, especially the way he got opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul. “He bowled wide off the crease with the ball coming into the left-hander. Once the left-hander thought the balls will come in is when Ashwin bowled that beautiful delivery to Chanderpaul which just drifted in and left him and took the off stump,” he said.

The former India captain and coach also praised Ashwin’s ability to read the pitch and bowl accordingly.

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