R Ashwin Lauds AUS Players: In the recently played Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Indian team won 2-1. The Indian team won the trophy for the fourth time in a row. In the series, Indian spinner R Ashwin was impressed by some players of the opposing team. Young spinner Todd Murphy, batsman Usman Khawaja and captain Steve Smith were involved in this. Ashwin talked about this on his YouTube channel.
Homage to Todd Murphy
Talking about Todd Murphy, he said, “Todd Murphy’s debut series was fantastic. You may wonder what there is to talk about Todd Murphy. This is his first visit to India. I remember the first tour of India by many spinners. Nathan Lyon visited India for the first time in 2013. Before that he had gone on Sri Lanka tour. Todd Murphy came here 10-50 times better than Nathan Lyon’s 2013 tour of India.”
Ashwin said, “I am not saying that he is a better bowler in terms of quality, skill or performance. I am talking about his ability and composure to bowl round the stump and over the stump. In the Ahmedabad Test, he got most of his bowling done over the spurt. Earlier he was bowling round the wicket.”
He further said, “Todd Murphy is the spinner of the current generation who is not throwing fast back-of-length balls, but he also has slow pace. So a lot of the credit goes to Todd Murphy. For his first tour as an off-spinner and playing the role of assistant to Nathan Lyon, he has certainly caught the imagination. He is only 20 years old. By showing such restraint, it is setting all the right signs for Australia in the future.”
Speaks on Smith’s captaincy
Australian captain Pat Cummins returned to Australia after two matches due to personal reasons. After this Smith took command of the team. Ashwin said on his captaincy, “Smith captained well in Tests. He has amazing creativity which he gets from sports. We know that he is a great batsman. But to be a great student of the game, you must know all the nuances of the game. He knows when to do what and enjoys the game. He captained well in the last two Tests. Be it with field placements, or bowling changes, he was spot on. They never let us control Indore.”
Said this thing in praise of Khawaja
Australian batsman Usman Khawaj was the highest run-scorer in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He scored 333 runs at an average of 47.57. Ashwin said while talking, “He batted well. He found ways to score runs in the series. When he started his career, Graeme Swann took his wicket for fun. He didn’t have the best of times. When he started his career, he came with a great reputation. But when he started, he could not fully demonstrate his potential and talent. But Usman Khawaja is a great example of hard work that never fails.
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