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07 Feb 2019

R Ashwin is our number one spinner, says MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad backs Ashwin, despite Shastri lauding Kuldeep

Just a few days earlier, Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri had stated that Kuldeep Yadav will be backed as the leading spinner in the upcoming tours.

This comment had raised a question about the future of veteran off-spinner R Ashwin.

But now chief selector MSK Prasad has said that it is Ashwin, who is the number one choice in Tests.

Here is more.

In context

MSK Prasad backs Ashwin, despite Shastri lauding Kuldeep
Ashwin's injury issues a worry in recent times

Injury

Ashwin's injury issues a worry in recent times

Ash's recent fitness issues remain a major concern.

The premier off-spinner missed five out of India's 12 overseas Tests since the tour of South Africa, which had started in January 2018.

Ash also lost his place in the white-ball format more than 18 months ago.

Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal have become the main weapons for India in ODIs and T20Is.

Opinion

Ash is our premier spinner: Prasad

According to a report in The Hindu, Prasad has backed Ash as the premier spinner in Test cricket.

"Undoubtedly. There are no two ways about it. Ashwin is our number one spinner and he is one of the best spinners in the world. In fact, every country we play, they always plan against Ashwin first compared to other spinners. He is our premier spinner."

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Ash recently missed three Tests against the Aussies

Injury

Ash recently missed three Tests against the Aussies

Ash was left out of the starting XI in the third Test against South Africa.

Injury sidelined him from the last Test in England, besides the three Tests against Australia.

Prasad has backed Ash to make a strong return.

"I am sure as a professional he knows what's the fitness level that's expected of him. Injuries are part and parcel of the game."

Opinion

What had Shastri claimed?

In an interview to Cricbuzz, Shastri claimed that Kuldeep is the one the team will pick if there is an option to choose one spinner.

"He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick," said the head coach.

Wrist spin the way forward in Tests: Shastri

"Even in Test cricket, it is going to be the age of wrist spin, especially in overseas Test cricket. The way he bowled in Sydney, he becomes our number one spinner in overseas Test cricket," said Shastri.

It will be an interesting phase ahead: Our take

Possibility

It will be an interesting phase ahead: Our take

It remains to be seen how things take charge from here on.

These are two strong statements by two important men in Indian cricket.

Ashwin will need to sort out his injury concerns. He will definitely be selected in the side, but for the time being it will be interesting to see what does the management decide.

Virat Kohli's decision would also be vital.

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What has MSK Prasad said regarding R Ashwin?

What had Ravi Shastri claimed days earlier?

What does Ashwin need to do to get back in reckoning?

How many overseas Tests did Ash miss since 2018?

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What has MSK Prasad said regarding R Ashwin?

Asked on 07-02-2019 by Surabhi Malik

Answered by NewsBytes

MSK Prasad has backed veteran R Ashwin as India's primary Test spinner. "Undoubtedly. There are no two ways about it. Ashwin is our No. 1 spinner and he is one of the best spinners in the world," he said to The Hindu.

What had Ravi Shastri claimed days earlier?

Asked on 07-02-2019 by Shaurya Dasgupta

Answered by NewsBytes

In an interview to Cricbuzz, Shastri said, "He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick."

What does Ashwin need to do to get back in reckoning?

Asked on 07-02-2019 by Ridhi Chauhan

Answered by NewsBytes

Ashwin will have to sort out his recent injury issues to get back in reckoning.

How many overseas Tests did Ash miss since 2018?

Asked on 07-02-2019 by Vishal Pillai

Answered by NewsBytes

He missed five out of the 12 Tests.

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