Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Comparison of India's Spinners

Here's a comparison of the pitch map for R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in England's first innings at Ahmedabad. Ashwin took 3/80 (27 overs) while Ojha took 5/45 (22.2 overs)



 

3 comments:

  1. Rohit HippalgaonkarNovember 17, 2012 2:42 PM

    a graphic representation of facts that people might already have suspected. certainly the two spinners themselves seemed aware, going by the joint interview to Cricinfo just before the Ahmedabad Test.

    i think his consistency should strengthen the case to play Ojha abroad, when playing the lone spinner. curiously, he's out of favour with MS Dhoni - like we saw in Australia, and even in the 1st innings here.

    MSD brought Ojha back for 1 over (where he duely got Bresnan out with a peach), and immediately replaced him with Ashwin to try and get lefty Broad out. That having failed, he brought Ojha back again, who removed Prior immediately. very strange bias.

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  2. I'm not sure that he's out of favor. It may just be that given that none of the fast bowlers can bat, if only 1 spinner is played, the one who can bat is preferred over the one who can't

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  3. Rohit HippalgaonkarNovember 17, 2012 9:27 PM

    fair enough - he's been less preferred anyway, and repeatedly. one or 2 Tests is alright, but all 4 in Australia was puzzling. Ashwin has done nothing to suggest that he makes up for the profligacy in his bowling, with the bat.

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