Pakistan’s veteran wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has claimed that Rvaichandran Ashwin’s good form is a positive sign for India ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Akmal hailed Ashwin as a matchwinner (Courtesy: AP)
- Ashwin has shown good form during the ongoing T20I series against West Indies
- Akmal said that Ashwin is a matchwinner in the 20-over format
- The Pakistan veteran wicketkeeper also praised Suryakumar Yadav’s knock in the third T20I
Pakistan’s veteran wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has claimed that Ravichandran Ashwin’s good form is a positive sign for India ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Ashwin made his return to the Indian 20-over format side after an eight-month hiatus as he was involved in the squad for the ongoing T20I series against West Indies. The Indian offspinner has put in a good shift for the team as he has picked up three wickets at a strike rate of 24 with an economy rate of 6.66 in the three games.
Speaking about Ashwin’s form, Akmal said on his YouTube channel, as quoted by Crictracker, that the offspinner is a proven campaigner and his good form is a positive sign for India ahead of the T20 World Cup. The Pakistan keeper also said he was impressed by the variations used by the 35-year-old in his bowling.
“Ravichandran Ashwin is a proven campaigner and his form ahead of the T20 World Cup is a positive sign for Indian cricket. He impressed once again with his variations,” said Akmal.
Akmal went on to hail Ashwin as a matchwinner in the T20I format and said that having him bowling in the middle overs adds to the confidence of the team.
“He has a lot of experience playing T20 cricket and is a matchwinner. It adds to the confidence of the team when you have someone like Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl in the middle overs,” said Akmal.
The Pakistan wicketkeeper also praised Suryakumar Yadav for his top knock during India’s win in the third T20I.
“Suryakumar showcased his skills and played a brilliant knock. His shot selection was very good. He would have scored a lot more runs from the same number of balls if Shreyas Iyer hadn’t got out at the other end. He slowed down a bit after Iyer’s dismissal,” said Akmal.
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