When India start their ODI series against Sri Lanka on the 21st of this month, they’ll need to pull out all the stops in terms of batting, bowling and fielding as well. Off-spinner R Ashwin, currently India’s best spinner, will be the difference maker, should he click on Lankan Soil.
Ashwin was the first in India to start bowling the carom ball and now, his main aim is to vary his attack continuously to keep the Lankan batsmen guessing every ball of his. He has starting working on the doosra and is likely to test it out during the series.
He spoke to media-persons this past Sunday, a day before India’s training camp started in Chennai, and was quoted saying: “I understand that a spinner has to be innovative all the time and I am working on the one that goes the other way without the flicking of the thumb and the bent middle finger.”
He said that the technique used is pretty difficult to perfect and he will work on in non-stop, although he hasn’t given himself a particular timeframe.
“I am slowly getting used to it but I cannot say whether I will bowl that delivery in the Sri Lanka series itself. It may well happen that I will bowl it during the New Zealand Test series,” he added.
Tem India are currently at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai at a training camp to brush up on the game, but the weather hasn’t been helping the at all. There’s a depression all around Tamil Nadu and one day before the training camp started, it was raining on and off., leaving the team a little worried.
“The practice will be at the center wicket of Chepauk. So if the rains stay away, it shouldn't be too much of a problem to have the practice,” an official was quoted saying.
Players started arriving at the venue since Sunday morning and were spotted relaxing before the training began.
Ashwin was also present and was quoted saying: “It's been a good break and we are all looking forward to a couple of days' practice session. That should get us in shape before we leave for Sri Lanka.”