Former India cricketer VVS Laxman said that the decision to keep Ravichandran Ashwin away from action for around 20 overs after Tea surprised him.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • VVS Laxman said he was surprised to see Ashwin not in action for around 20 overs after Tea
  • Ashwin has be your primary bowler to put pressure on Day 2: Laxman
  • Ashwin bowled a total of 24 overs on Day 1 of Chennai Test

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has said that he was surprised to not see off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowl for around 20 overs after the Tea break on Day 1 of Chennai Test between India and England.

VVS Laxman reckoned that with Joe Root on the crease, Ashwin should have been given the ball to cut short the innings of the in-form batsman.

Notably, Joe Root, playing in his 100th Test match, brought up his 20th hundred. At the time of stumps, the England captain was unbeaten on 128, looking all set for a double hundred on Saturday.

“I was a little bit surprised that after Tea for almost 20-21 overs Ashwin did not bowl and that is something which you don’t expect when you know Joe Root is there main batsman and you want to get his wicket as soon as possible,” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports network.

Ashwin has to be India’s primary bowler on Day 2

Further, the 46-year-old said that it was important for India to capitalise on the new ball in the early hours of Saturday. Laxman stated that after Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma do their job with the new ball, Ashwin should be India’s primary bowler to put pressure and take wickets. Laxman suggested a “restrictive role” for spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar.

“I think first use the new ball. This one is just 10 overs old, Bumrah and Ishant will have to be spot on early on, especially with the new batsman coming in, the first 30-40 minutes will set the tone and then Ashwin has to be your primary bowler who will put pressure on the batsmen. As far as Nadeem and Washington Sundar is concerned, even though they are not getting wicket they need to play the restrictive role, not give away easy boundaries because if they leak run, a lot of pressure will come on experienced India bowlers,” VVS Laxman said.



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