Veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has failed to retain his position in the national squad. However, he has been playing regularly for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), Indian Premier League and Ranji trophy but for India, in the limited-overs set-up the spin duo – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have replaced him a few years before and since then they have been preferred as well over him.
On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has failed to keep his place in the longer format of the game as well nowadays. He got to play only one match in India’s tour to New Zealand earlier this year, where he took three wickets but didn’t get the chance to play in the next games.
Notably, Ashwin is fourth in the most wicket-takers’ list by an Indian bowler in the longer format with 365 wickets in his kitty just behind Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh.
Former England spinner Graeme Swann has recently said that Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in the subcontinent. He further added that Nathan Lyon, one of the most successful off-spinners of Australia, might taste a bit of success in India but Ashwin is consistent. He, however, shared that both the successful spinners have struggled in England while playing.
“In the subcontinent Ashwin is the best by a mile. Lyon might have the odd good game in the subcontinent, but Ashwin is consistently amazing in the India. England is place where both of them have struggled. They are both very fine bowlers though,” Graeme Swann told the Times of India.
The Tamil Nadu off-spinner is considered as one of the best in the circuit who has a fair share of success in the limited-overs as well. His carrom ball is known to trouble batsmen across the globe and he has tried learning leg-spin as well. He has 152 ODI wickets and 52 in T20Is to his name so far.
Not only this, but he was also a vital cog for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League where he helped the team win many times with his bowling. However, later he played for Punjab and left his mark there too.