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'May be Ashwin, Lyon don't have enough variations for ODIs'


NEW DELHI: The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Nathan Lyon have been world elegance bowlers in Tests however their failure to translate purple ball good fortune into white-ball cricket might be due to the "lack of variations" on flat decks, feels former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.

Ashwin (365 wickets from 71 Tests), Lyon (390 wickets in 96 Tests) and Pakistan's leg-break bowler Yasir Shah (213 wickets in 39 Tests) have received innumerable video games for their countries within the longest structure simplest to be found in need of in ODIs and T20s.

"Look at Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. They have won so many (white ball) games for India in the last two years. May be the likes of Lyon, Ashwin and Yasir don't have enough variations to survive in one-day cricket," Mushtaq, a Pakistan great, instructed PTI in an exclusive interview.

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Mushtaq, who has coached around the world including a champion England facet that had a spinner of the calibre of Graeme Swann in its ranks, feels the categorisation of Test and restricted overs spinners is the desire of the hour.

"Test cricket stays the ultimate challenge for the spinners as you get to grasp their true abilities. The likes of Yasir, Lyon, Moeen Ali, Ashwn. These are the fellows I admire. Their contribution to Test cricket has been large.

"Some of them have been a hit in someday cricket additionally however the sport has changed drastically for the reason that five fielder rule inside the (30-yard) circle got here into being. For that, mystery spinners in addition to wrist spinners have develop into more effective. Guys like Like Adil Rashid, Adam Zampa, Chahal, Kuldeep, Shadab Khan."

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Ashwin, identified for his carrom ball in addition to "reverse carrom ball" which he not too long ago mentioned that he had used, has no longer played white ball cricket for India for the reason that 2017 West Indies tour and his comeback doesn't glance impending.

"In one -day cricket, if the pitches are good and also you do not need variations or a mystery ball, you'll't live to tell the tale. For instance, a champion bowler like Lyon has been exposed in someday cricket. He has no longer been as a hit as he has been within the longest structure."

Mushtaq mentioned the ever increasing function of power-hitting within the modern one-day sport has made mystery spinners extra treasured than the traditional ones.

"You want to have any individual who can bowl leg-breaks, googlies, flippers, any individual with a special (unorthodox) motion. There is such a lot chronic hitting within the sport, you wish to have spinners with variations."

Yasir Shah

And this is the reason he endorses different sets of spinners for Tests and restricted overs cricket.

"In ODIs, you'll nonetheless play one good standard spinner however in T20s you wish to have mystery spinners as he can get a wicket even with a nasty ball as the batsman doesn't have the time to read him," mentioned the 49-year-old.

"Also, the volume of cricket being played, you wish to have to have different spinners for different codecs. You zero in on five-six spinners and use them in several codecs. That method their profession is extended additionally."

According to Mushtaq, skill-wise, Lyon and Ashwin are on par with greats like Saqlain Mushtaq and Muttiah Muralitharan however no longer very best fitted to the one-day sport.

"We had 4 fielders inside the circle, there was once further coverage within the deep. Now with five fielders inside of, if you're in step with your line and duration, it's possible you'll battle.

"Ashwin and Lyon are as good as the spinners of the past. It is just that the limited overs game has overshadowed Test cricket," Mushtaq mentioned.

The burly spinner of yesteryears additional mentioned that the art of leg-spin is right here to stay as it's the most productive wicket-taking choice in restricted overs cricket.

"You will see a lot of leg-spinners in the next 10-15 years. Batsmen nowadays are used to playing express pace but they still struggle against leg-spinners."

Mushtaq played within the times of Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, calling them "great players of spin". Now, Asian teams including India battle in opposition to fine quality spin.

"Moeen Ali takes a lot of wickets in opposition to India and so does Lyon. The sub-continental teams do not play spin that smartly anymore.

"In the last 10-15 years, now we have been making ready extra for pacers on in a foreign country assignments and that is one reason the batsmen have no longer been studying play spin.

"When I used to play in opposition to India, I knew that they would get a single off a good ball additionally. Technically, they were very sturdy. Their gravity levels, intent, trigger motion, use of crease, play on different pitches. It isn't the same anymore

"And thanks to IPL and PSL, the foreign batsmen have develop into good gamers of spin," reckoned Mushtaq.


He opined too much focus on taking part in pace can backfire, find it irresistible did for hosts India in opposition to England in 2012, when the guests received a Test collection on Indian soil after 27 years.


Mushtaq was once with the England workforce again then, plotting India's downfall with Monty Panesar and Swann.


"We received in 2012 as a result of we knew what fields to set, what pace to bowl at. Neither Virat was once sweeping nor Dhoni. Only Sachin was once there. The Indians were focussing on England seamers however the spinners stunned them.


"Swann and Panesar were much quicker in the air than their Indian counterparts and that was the reason for their success," Ahmed added.


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