India’s top two off-spinners Harbhajan Singh and R Aswin have decided to clear the air about ongoing rift in pitches in the country and now, it could have earlier spinners to pick more wickets.
Harbhajjan Singh, last week had tweeted that the Indore Test would be over in three days because of the pitch, after which he was trolled asking why he was complaining now, as he too used to get similar kinds of wickets during his career.
Rejecting the controversy, Ashwin said the ongoing banter is unhealthy, as he began to bowl off-spin after Harbhajjan Singh’s performance against Australia in 2001 Kolkata Test. After this Harbhajjan Singh replied by saying he had nothing against Ashwin and wanted him to keep India’s flag high and later said his words were misconstrued.
The main cause of the controversy was Harbhajan Singh’s tweet in which the off-spinner said he only got turning pitches in only two matches out of 103 Tests. He also went on to say that had he got kind of pitches that today’s spinners are getting he would have got much more wickets.
After the Indore Test Ashwin became the fastest Indian and second highest overall to take too hundred wickets.
Ashwin became the fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to take 200 Test wickets during the third Test against New Zealand in Indore.
Overall R Ashwin has taken 229 wickets in 39 Tests that he has played till now, with average of 24.29, while Harbhajan Singh has taken 417 wickets in 103 Test with an average of 34.46.
It was unfortunate that to got involved in an unfortunate banter unnecessarily. While both did not play much alongside each other, Ashwin has to do a lot more to reach near Harbhajan Singh’s milestone.