IND vs ENG: “Root is the best man to handle Ashwin”- Graeme Swann

Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian star off-spinner is going to be the biggest challenge in front of the visitors in upcoming India vs England series. Former England bowler Graeme Swann has a simple piece of advice when it comes to tackling one of the best bowlers in Test cricket. He believes England’s skipper Joe Root is the best person who can tackle Ashwin and advised others to follow the footsteps of the skipper.

Ashwin shows his brilliance in the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia at their home ground. He sent back Steve Smith thrice in the series and finished as India’s second-highest wicket-taker just after Mohammad Siraj. He missed the last test of the series because of the injury and yet stepped down one spot in ICC Test Bowlers Ranking.

Graeme Swann witnessed the India-Australia series and believes that Ashwin is the finest bowler who can put England in trouble so he explained how the entire team should follow Joe Root to keep Ravichandra Ashwin at bay.

“Root is the best man to handle Ashwin because he has a superb technique against spinners. England batsmen just need to copy what Root does. He is very selective in his shot-making. He plays the sweep shot well and others must just watch Root closely as he is England’s trump card,” Graeme Swann said.

Also, Graeme Swann talked about Ravindra Jadeja previewing the Test at Chennai, he feels India will miss his bowling in the first two Tests.

“Chennai’s wicket is usually good for batting on the first three days and then begins to turn square. Jadeja provides massive control at the other end and India will miss him. Having said that, to be honest, I don’t think Ashwin needs someone at the other end to keep England’s batsmen in check,” he said.


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