India vs South Africa: I think India will bring R Ashwin in to create some variation, says Shaun Pollock

Ravichandran Ashwin already has an impressive record against South Africa. Two years back in 2015, he scalped 31 wickets in the four-Test series against South Africa. Pollock seems confident of seeing Ashwin at The Oval on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 10, 2017 6:37 pm
India vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pakistan, England Ravichandran Ashwin played his last one-day match against England at Kolkata in January. (Source: AP)

According to former South African captain, Shaun Pollock, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can feature for India in their final Group B match against South Africa as Indian spin can pose a threat for the Proteas in a do-or-die encounter on Sunday.

Ashwin already has an impressive record against South Africa. Two years back in 2015, he scalped 31 wickets in the four-Test series against South Africa. Pollock seems confident of seeing Ashwin at The Oval on Sunday.

Pollock spoke to Sport24 regarding India’s improvement in bowling department as he feels that India has to bring in some changes after being beaten up in their previous match against Sri Lanka. “I was quite surprised at just how well Sri Lanka played. It was a really good surface, and the same one will be used on Sunday,” said Pollock.

“I’m sure India will change their side; I think they will bring Ashwin in to create some variation, especially after the way we played against the (Pakistan) spinners. It would make sense for them to get more spin options in,” he added.

Ashwin played his last one-day match against England at Kolkata in January and does not have an impressive average against South Africa in ODIs. He has only been able to grab five wickets in last six matches at an average of 54.20 against the proteas.

South Africa’s loss to Pakistan has opened up the tournament with both teams having an equal chance to qualify for the semifinals, feels Pollock. “Look, at some stage of this tournament you have to face the elimination possibility. So we’re really just facing that (scenario) one game earlier than if we’d got safely into the semis already,” said Pollock.

“But my thinking is also that we haven’t actually fired properly as yet, which is a good thing. In previous tournaments we have sometimes fired up front and then fallen by the wayside later on. This time, we’re in a situation where if we win three games in a row, we’ve won the trophy.

“So I wouldn’t be too worried; there are also a few guys in our ranks who haven’t performed as well as they would have liked and will be keen to get going (on Sunday),” he concluded.

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    rkannan
    Jun 10, 2017 at 11:53 pm
    Ashwin has an impressive record against Sri Lanka but was left out. The difference in batting ability between Pandya and Ashwin is not much. Pandya is a better fielder but Ashwin is the best spinner in the world for the last few years. Kohli somehow has an anti Ashwin mindset and looks to drop him at every opportunity.
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      Harischandra
      Jun 11, 2017 at 7:07 am
      1 - In English conditions, you need more swing bowlers than spin. 2 - Ashwin is NOT as good a batsman as Pandya - especially in ODIs. He is better batsman in Tests. 3 - The decision was perhaps between Jadhav & Ashwin and Jadhav won on better batting abilities - important as top 5 batsmen are not really in top form. Rohit struggled in IPL and is coming out of injury. Yuvraj has not proven current form, Virat is out of form - based on IPL. Dhoni's position at No.4 is still an experiment....
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      Sharon Grace
      Jun 10, 2017 at 10:10 pm
      Yuvraj is a very effective bowler. He should be used against S.Africa. Surprising that he was not used against Sri Lanka. Had he been used the outcome would have been different. Kohli thought he was a better bowler than Yuvraj as he bowled 3 overs. Bad captaintcy to be blamed for India losing match against Sri Lanka.
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