10 Aug / 2017(472)…Ravi Ashwin

Since his comeback from injury in June this year Ravi Ashwin’s bowling performance in all format has been less effective.

Has he recovered enough to play ? or he is trying too many different things in Test cricket in particular. When he returned during the Champions trophy he mentioned he was developing a mystery ball and would unleash it during the tournament. Here is the article read on that –http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/1099332.html  –

However he performed very badly in Champions Trophy and following limited tour(2 ODIs + 1 T20I) of West Indies.

Coming back to Test cricket – in the ongoing Sri Lanka series he picked 11 wickets @ 31 runs/wkt with strike rate of 59 – these indicators are much higher than what he had performed against Australia earlier this year.

Most of the wickets he picked with new ball were batting error rather  – those batters could have avoided or played differently (considering its a new ball). One can understand Virat Kohli’s strategy to finish the game as fast as possible after posting big total. The surface will play a vital role when spinners use the new ball – They tend to bowl flatter trajectory( below eye level) and bowl fastish spin -both orthodox and unorthodox. One hardly sees any spinner flighting the new ball or bowling slowly – The dismissals usually are result of cross batted shots or not reading the length!.

Below table is comparison of the two series phase wise –

Ashwin with new ball is less threatening and expensive

In the ongoing Sri Lanka series Ashwin bowled 109 overs -of which 29 (28.43 %) were with new ball (The first new ball between 1-20 overs and 2nd new ball after 80th over)
Against Australia he manage to pick 5 wickets with new ball @2.72 R/o- He bowled 30.70 % of his overs with new ball
In Sri Lanka he manage to pick only 2 wickets and went over 4 runs/over, mostly in boundaries.
The ball remains fairly new for at least 20 overs -either at the start of an innings or during 2nd new ball. Hence i am using the 0-20 overs (and whenever they decide to take the 2nd new ball + 20 overs)as indicator for my new ball analysis.
Here is link of all indicators and their formulas. http://allthatcricket.com/?p=1489

His ODI performance since his injury return is below par -In 5 ODIs he picked  5 wkts @ 5.04 R/o with Strike rate of 57.60 balls per wicket!. 


Below is Ashwin’s gfx based analysis in each phase of 2 test series (featuring wkts and run rate).

All data updated at end of 2nd Ind v Sri Lanka test in Sri Lanka (2017)

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