I switch off the telly after a point of time, watching ODI cricket: Ashwin

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14 Jul 2022 | 03:24 AM
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I switch off the telly after a point of time, watching ODI cricket: Ashwin

The off spinner wants the governing body to go back to using one ball per innings in the 50-over format

Arguably the best spinner of the modern era, R Ashwin "switches off the telly" while watching ODI cricket and wants the governing body to go back to using one ball per innings, which would keep bowlers in the game throughout the match.

The rule of using two new balls (one from each end) in ODIs came into existence in 2011 and that has made life more difficult for the bowlers. The older ball doesn’t just help spinners to get more turn but also brings back reverse swing into play.

Speaking on the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast, Ashwin said: "I'm an absolute cricket badger, a nut, and I switch off the telly after a point of time, watching the one-day game. That's frankly very scary for that format of the game, I think. Those ebbs and flows, when they go missing, it's not cricket anymore, it's just an extended format of T20.

"I think one ball per innings is something that would work and even the spinners would come into play. You'd have a lot more spinners bowling at the back half of the game. They are bowling right now but you might see a little more slowing of the pitch or whatever it is, and the reverse swing might come back into play which I think is very crucial for the game.

"I think one-day cricket, the beauty of one-day cricket is - sorry, was - that there was a lot of ebbs and flows left in the game. Somebody needed to just bide their time, take the game deep, and the ball would be reverse-swinging. At one point, 60 balls, 60 to get, with seven wickets in hand, and you're backing the bowling team to win. Not anymore: that's going to be a canter now."

New Zealand's left-arm seamer Trent Boult also had recently spoken about how two new balls have made things much easier for the batters, especially on good surfaces.

"In New Zealand, generally they're drop-in wickets on rugby grounds with a wicket that doesn't turn. You get 312 and then the team chasing chases that in 47 overs and you think 'where did the last six hours go?' I'd love to see it moving around, turning, 250 plays 250 - but also 420 plays 390."

Ashwin also spoke about England's new style of play in Test cricket, that is to play more attacking brand of cricket. "It was amazing to watch, but as a bowler, it is quite scary to think where the game is headed. I definitely think the ball and the pitches have a role to play in how England are playing, permitting a certain brand of cricket.

"I think we need to be careful about this brand of cricket being the way forward. Test cricket has been the same for hundreds of years and there will be games and series that are played like that. Whether it’s the same brand of cricket you play all along is very debatable."

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