Ashwin focuses on bowling issues, compares ‘field size’ of India and Australia


New Delhi: Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin believes that short boundaries in India’s grounds will cause the bowlers to go into defensive mode, while the larger grounds in Australia will give the bowlers a chance to take an aggressive approach. Even in the recently concluded T20 International series between India and South Africa, Indian bowlers were hammered twice by Proteas batters for over 200 runs in the three T20Is. When senior spinner Ashwin was asked to comment on India’s recent lackluster bowling performance, he justified it by comparing the field dimensions of India and Australia.

“Look, we can have a say in what’s happening in T20 games and in bilateral series at home,” Ashwin said Monday during a presser after India’s first warm-up match against Western Australia XI. India defeated Western Australia by 13 runs to gain much-needed confidence ahead of their two official ICC warm-up games against Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s only fair to say that the bowlers get hit in the park, but we also need to understand that the boundaries are very close to the 30-yard circle in India. When we come to Australia, the boundaries are much wider, which gives the bowlers a bit of a license to work with.”

Ashwin claimed how crucial it will be for the bowlers to understand the Australian conditions in order to bowl on the correct line and length.

“It’s also very important to understand these conditions, the lengths you need to bowl and be brave enough to take those 50-50 options in these places.

“It’s a completely new experience, just start over, start the book from scratch,” added the spinner.

Team India will play two official warm-up matches in Brisbane before the opening World Cup T20 match against Pakistan in Melbourne on October 23. Rohit Sharma & Co are currently practicing in Perth before departing for Brisbane.



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