R Ashwin’s leg-spin experiment gets backing of Daniel Vettori, Monty Panesar

Ravichandran Ashwin’s plan to bowl leg-spin in the 2018 Indian Premier League has received backing from two spinners, former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and England’s Monty Panesar.

The India off-spinner, left out of the limited-overs teams since mid-2017, is trying to add leg-spin to his arsenal in a bid to push for selection. The team management has backed wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as wickettaking options and both have consistently delivered.
Despite being a match-winner in Tests, Ashwin has not been a part of the Indian ODI and T20I sides since the West Indies limited-overs tour in July last year.

Vettori has long retired and is now Royal Challengers Bangalore coach. Panesar, 35, last played for England in 2013.

Backing for Ashwin

Both were back on the cricket field — in the scenic Swiss village of St Moritz for the Ice Cricket tournament. Both Vettori and Panesar were confident Ashwin will succeed.

Vettori said on Thursday, “Everything Ashwin does, he does well. He is a highly skilled bowler that’s the thing I like about this style of cricketers. He has variations, he is prepared to try things and he has done so well. His record speaks for itself in all formats and he will continue doing that.”

Panesar also backed Ashwin to succeed. “See, I studied maths, Ashwin studied engineering. He has got a very analytical and mathematical sort of mindset.”