According to Rohit Sharma, guiding Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in Australia is like captaining Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in India.

India’s captain Rohit Sharma praised Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the country’s spin bowling duo, claiming that captaining them was comparable to captaining Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc in Australia.

On the opening day of the first cricket test match between India and Australia in Nagpur, India, on Thursday, February 9, 2023, India's Ravichandran Ashwin, right, and teammate Ravindra Jadeja, celebrate the wicket of Australia's Pat Cummins.

India grabbed a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series by beating the visitors by an innings and 132 runs in the first Test, which Ashwin and Jadeja engineered. The Indian duo consistently strives to “reach the next level” during Test matches, according to Rohit.

Ashwin appears to be a different bowler. He was always a good bowler, so I wouldn’t say he’s improved, but each time he plays Test cricket, he appears to be a different bowler. Successful cricketers perform that. They aim to improve and go on to the next level,” Rohit remarked.

In addition to picking up his 31st five-for and a match tally of eight wickets, Ashwin, who now has 450 Test wickets, also hit a personal milestone.

When asked how it felt to lead a team that included Ashwin, Jadeja, and Axar Patel, Rohit said, “It’s like leading Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc in Australia.” quite similar It’s always a blessing when you have players of the calibre like Axar, Jadeja, and Ash, who have spent so much time playing in India. The three India spinners are unique in their capacity to get the most out of the wicket, according to Rohit, who made a century and set the stage for a 400-run total. However, Rohit acknowledged that pitch conditions are the same for everyone.

Conditions exist for everyone, but what they gain from them makes them extraordinarily unique. They have experience playing on these pitches and are knowledgeable about where to hit and how to maintain pressure.

Taking notes from Kohli

Rohit said that during Virat Kohli’s stint as captain, he had picked up some tips on how to play spinners.

“One thing I saw while Virat was captaining was that pressure had to be applied in order for the opposition to make a mistake, regardless of whether we got a wicket or not.

That’s what I discovered while these men were bowling and Virat was the captain. I now attempt to accomplish that. Apply pressure, and don’t expect to go out with every ball; it won’t happen that way, but if it does, there won’t be anything like it. We must persevere, keep passing the ball to the appropriate spots, and rely on the playing surface.

juggling three skilled professionals 

One spinner tends to get under-bowled when there are three in the team. When Rohit mentioned his “worries” while alternating between Ashwin, Axar, and Jadeja, it made many laugh.

It’s a bit difficult. They are all achieving significant life milestones. Jadeja was on 249 wickets when he said, “Give me the ball,” or “mere ko ball de.” “Ashwin was on four wickets and wanted a five-for, so I had my work cut out for me. As everyone laughed heartily, Rohit remarked, “I actually don’t know too much about milestones, but these guys know about it, so certainly that’s the problem of captaining them rather than picking whether end to give them or not.

“Again, the three players are top-notch, and you know, all these spinners want to bowl from whichever end is more advantageous. But I’m constantly under pressure to choose the correct solution for the right person.

What did Ashwin accomplish that the Australian team did not?

In two innings, Ashwin bowled 27.5 overs with match figures of 8/79. Who is the better bowler in Indian conditions can easily be determined when compared to the Australian off-spin combo of Nathan Lyon (1 wicket) and Todd Murphy (7 wickets), who combined sent down 96 overs.

Ashwin is very close to playing 100 Test matches after playing so much cricket in India (89). Before making his debut, I believe he played in the majority of those Tests in India, not to mention first-class matches, according to Rohit.

“It takes a lot of expertise to be able to accomplish what he is doing now; to be able to get anything out of pitch, it is not simple,” the author said. He is skilled with the carrom ball, top spin, and slider. The man is a whole package. Because of his skill-sets, he is able to get (so much) information from the pitches. He is an extremely diligent individual who enjoys learning new things and improving his skills.

grading the flaw

The skipper stated he will not compare Rohit’s 120 in Nagpur with the 161 he struck at Chepauk against England in 2021, despite the fact that it may have been one of his best Test hundreds.

When asked where he would place the innings among his nine Test hundreds, he curtly remarked, “I keep it where it is.”

Sincerity be damned, I don’t put much stock in ranking one knock above another. It is unjust to prioritise one knock above another when you play a knock like that since every knock you play has significance. Both have arrived in unique situations.

“In Chennai, we needed to win because we were down one Test match. Furthermore, when you are down one, especially at home, you are under pressure to perform well.

“Each century has its own difficulties, and I am delighted with the two knocks. When you put on performances like this, you feel pretty good about it and it boosts your confidence as well,” he said.


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