“Gone Too Far”: Ravichandran Ashwin Names James Anderson, Joe Root In Damning Review Of Bazball


Veteran Indian cricket team spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gave a scathing verdict on the buzzball with a special mention of James Anderson and Joe Root after their 4-1 win in the recently concluded five-match series. Ashwin referred to Anderson's claims ahead of the fourth day of the second Test, where he had said that England would chase the target of 399 runs within 60 overs. The result is quite different as the visiting team was completely outplayed and lost. Ashwin expressed surprise at the exaggerated statement and said that although it was a display of positive mindset, the statement “went too far”.

“After a very good win in the first Test, James Anderson went to the press conference in the second Test. Much respect to him for winning that. He told the press that even if the target is 500 or 600 in the fourth innings, we will achieve it in 60 overs. Even though it was an example of his positive mindset, it felt like he had gone too far,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.

Ashwin also believes that buzzball is more inclined towards 'defenceless cricket' and although Joe Root is a great player of spin, his game was also affected by the style of cricket.

“One thing I understood after the first Test is that baseball is not just aggressive cricket. This is defenseless cricket. He will not play any defensive shots at all. If they play defence, they will be out. I was surprised that even Joe Root agreed with his game plan. Because if you take world cricket's West Indies rankings, Root is an easy number 1 on that list against spin. They also accepted his vision,” he said.

On the second day of the Rajkot Test match, Ashwin took his 500th Test wicket by dismissing England's Jack Crawley. Before him, only Anil Kumble among Indians had reached this position. He became the ninth bowler worldwide to take 500 wickets. However, hours after this feat, Ashwin went through a traumatic experience which required him to leave the team on an immediate basis. “Ravichandran Ashwin has withdrawn from the Test squad with immediate effect due to a family medical emergency. In these challenging times, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the team fully support Ashwin,” the BCCI said in its release. Reports say that Ashwin's mother Chitra had to face a medical emergency.

Now, Ashwin has revealed how the incident actually happened. “We went to the dressing room for another briefing and then came back to our room. Rohit, I and others were chatting about the match here and there.

“That's when I realized I wasn't getting calls from my parents or wife. I thought they were busy attending calls and giving interviews. I called my wife around 7 pm and asked where my parents were.” -Why is father not answering my calls? His voice was slightly trembling. He asked me to come aside from the crowd and told that my mother fell after a headache,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.

“I fell silent. I didn't know how to respond or what questions to ask. I was crying but wanted to make sure no one could see me cry. It's unnecessary to think this way, but it was intuitive. I couldn't think. I kept crying in my room for some time.

He said, “Then, the team physio examined me because I was not picking up calls. Rahul bhai and Rohit bhai also came to examine me and all I could tell them was that I was not able to think clearly.”

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