Ashwin is Absolutely Fine: Shastri

Published: 03rd November 2015 06:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2015 06:19 PM   |  A+A-

Ravi Shastri

Indian Cricket Team Director Ravi Shashtri addresses media during the training camp for the upcoming series against South Africa at NCA in Bengaluru. | PTI

By PTI

MOHALI: Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri today indicated that Ravichandran Ashwin will play in the opening cricket Test against South Africa, saying the off-spinner is "absolutely fine".      

Ashwin, who suffered a side strain during the first ODI in Kanpur, could not participate in the last four games against the visitors. His absence hurt the hosts as they went down 2-3 against the AB de Villiers-led side.      

"Ashwin is bowling magnificently. He is absolutely fine,” said Shastri. Ashwin was seen going through his practice drills in full vigour during the team’s training session at the PCA stadium here today.      

Apart from bowling in tandem with other spinners, the 29-year-old player was also involved in a football game that the cricketers played before moving to the net session.      Ashwin, who led the bowling charts by bagging 20 wickets in three games against Sri Lanka during the last Test series, is India's main weapon against a formidable South African batting line-up, led by skipper Hashim Amla.      

While Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis had admitted of Ashwin being the main threat for the tourists, opener Dean Elgar also believes that the off-spinner is spearheading the Indian bowling attack for the moment.      

Shastri though warned the visitors of concentrating too much on Ashwin and neglecting the other Indian spinners.      

"We have got two other spinners, who might just surprise if they focus too much on Ashwin," Shastri said.      

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja are the other two spinners in the Test squad.  

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp