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Tendulkar chips in with special compliment for Ravi Ashwin

Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has chipped in with special compliment for veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner played an important role in the team’s memorable victory in Melbourne. Ashwin set up a perfect trap for Steve Smith and dismissed him for a duck in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test.

Sachin has now conceded that Ravi Ashwin has emerged as the winner of the gruelling contest between him and Smith. Australia’s best batsman who came out to bat at No.4 faced early pressure from the Indian bowlers. Ravi Ashwin bowled really well and mounted pressure on him from the word go.

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After failing to find the gap in the first 7 balls, Smith tried to get a single in Ashwin’s over but ended up falling for the trap. He slightly bowled wide and Smith tried to hit towards leg-slip. Cheteshwar Pujara took the catch in his safe pair of hands to send Ashwin packing.

“In the first Test, Smith got out to an arm ball or you can call it a straighter one which Ashwin releases differently. An off-spinner bowls a straighter one which skids off the surface when fingers are not on top of the ball,” Sachin said as quoted by Scroll.in.

“In the second Test, it was not a slider but fingers were on top of the ball which produced bounce and turn. Steve Smith played a normal flick to a regulation off-break that any batsman does by instinct and the fielder was brilliantly placed there.”

Both are class players: Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar echoed that both Ashwin and Smith are class players. Before getting rid of Smith for a duck in the second Test, Ashwin outclassed the same batsman in Adelaide Test. Smith fell prey to Ashwin’s bowling after scoring just 1 run.

“It was a well-planned ball and wicket by Ashwin. Both are class players, so someone is going to have a better day and so far, Ashwin has come out a winner in the first two Tests.”

It is certain that Smith’s failure in the second Test turned out to be a big blow for the Aussies. Smith’s early departure put the hosts in a complicated position. Meanwhile, Ashwin will be looking forward to another challenge when he will swing his arms in the third Test at the SCG on January 7.

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