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Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has been so impressed by India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling as of late that he has dubbed him “the Bradman of bowling”.
Being compared to the legendary Don Bradman is quite the compliment, but Ashwin has been doing all the right things as in the recently concluded one-off Test against Bangladesh, he became the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets in history, needing just 45 matches to do so, while the previous record holder, Dennis Lillee, took 48.
Furthermore, Ashwin was the top wicket-taker in 2016 with 72 victims and will therefore play an instrumental role in the upcoming four-Test series against Australia, which begins on February 23 in Pune.
“Ashwin is basically the Bradman of bowling,” Waugh told reporters ahead of the Laureus Awards. “What he is doing is quite incredible. I think he is the player we have to overcome.
“The Australians would have to look at ways to overcome Ashwin’s bowling. If the Aussies can do that then we will have a chance. The guys need to stay calm under pressure.
“The way he is playing at the moment, he is going to break a number of records. Ashwin’s statistics are just mind-boggling.”
Waugh added that getting the better of Ashwin in India will be an extremely tough task, but feels that Australia opener David Warner could be the man for the job due to his aggressive approach and mentality.
“David Warner is an amazing player – he is someone who has redefined the role of opening batting,” he said. “He will be facing Ashwin and that will test him. It will be interesting to watch.
“He doesn’t care about reputation, always backs himself and doesn’t get nervous. It will be a really good series. Whether Australia win or compete, Warner is going to score a lot of runs.”