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Ravichandran Ashwin made his back into the Indian T20 squad after a while. He missed some of the T20 series due to an injury. On Friday, he made it back to the T20I squad for the West Indies tour. Former India opener Aakash Chopra praised the spinner in his YouTube video. He said that the spinner deceives left-handers easily and they have to kneel before him. He added that the he bowled really well to pick scalps in the first T20I against West Indies.
“India went in with three spinners. Interestingly enough Ravichandran Ashwin has come back here. Ash bowled well, he picked up two wickets. He dismissed Pooran, I thought that was a huge wicket, and then Hetmyer down the order. Left-handers kneel before him when they come in front of him,” Chopra said.
The former opener also praised Ashwin for the way he backed Dinesh Karthik in the first innings. Ashwin played as a second fiddle. It was a valuable knock as it enabled Dinesh Karthik to swing the bat freely for India. They both powered India to 190. “He (Ashwin) scored 13 runs off 10 balls, hit a six as well, gave support to Karthik also. Although Karthik was farming the strike, which was the right thing to do, Ashwin was there with him,” Chopra added.
I was very happy the way he bowled on this dead pitch: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra was all praise for Arshdeep Singh too. Chopra said that the stocks for Arshdeep Singh are rising and the latter has done well for India. Arshdeep Singh produced a beautiful spell of 4-24-2 in the first T20I.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again was brilliant, economical – two overs for 11 runs and a wicket. Arshdeep Singh – that’s another thread I wanted to talk about. Avesh was being played earlier but here Arsh was played and he bowled well,” Chopra said.
“He picked up two wickets and Arshdeep is a beautiful option. We were there with T Natarajan because the left is right in T20 cricket, we were going with that viewpoint. But now if he is not there, then Arshdeep’s stocks are rising. I was very happy the way he bowled on this dead pitch,” Chopra concluded.