in such conditions,” he added.
Ashwin’s Ranji coach W V Raman, however, said he expected Ashwin to adjust soon to the new rules.
“Ashwin has reached a stage when it is expected of him to deliver each and everytime he plays. But don’t get panicky. Bowling has always been a difficult job in limited-overs cricket in Indian conditions and just four fielders outside the ring have made lives difficult for every spinner. But he’s a good learner and I expect him to make adjustments as the series progresses. Also, it has been a collective failure as far as bowling is concerned and it’d be very unfair to zoom into an individual. In any case, an economy rate of six (6.03 to be precise) is not too bad in these conditions,” Raman defended his ward.
But isn’t Ashwin experimenting a little too much? “If his variations would have come off he would have been praised. Because he is not getting wickets regularly he is being criticised. Every player can have a bad game or two,” Raman said.
Also, in this bowling set up, Ashwin (61 ODIs) is the most experienced bowler. The 27-year-old still does not have the maturity of a Harbhajan Singh or Graeme Swann and could do with the assistance of the bowling coach. But Joe Dawes, a medium pacer during his playing days, mainly looks after members of his own ilk in the bowling pack. Perhaps the time has come for the BCCI to think about a spin bowling expert within the coaching staff.