Indian pace attack in one of the most lethal in world cricket: Ashwin

INDORE: The current Indian pace attack is “one of the most lethal” in world cricket since it has the ability to create openings in every spell, reckons senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

There was no Jasprit Bumrah but Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav were ruthless and unplayable as Bangladeshi batsmen danced to their tunes and were skittled out for just 150 in the opening Test.

“I think Shami, Ishant and Umesh have been bowling well as a pack and if you add Bumrah to it over the last few months or a year in Test cricket, I think it’s one of the most lethal pace attacks going around in the world if not the best,” Ashwin said at the end of play on the first day.

“And I am saying that as a disclaimer, I don’t want people judging me on that comment. But it’s right up there and one of the best bowling attacks I have seen in recent times,” he said.

“Sometimes you feel that every spell they bowl, something is happening or they make it happen,” the off-spinner added.

Ashwin however denied that he and Ravindra Jadeja will be changing their approach because the pacers have started taking the lead.

“As a bowler, I personally never looked at it that way. It’s my job to pick up a wicket and try and capitalise if the pacers don’t pick a wicket then get a breakthrough. (AGENCIES)