By India Today Sports Desk: Former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan lauded R Ashwin for his performance, stating that he would have chosen the all-rounder as the Player of the Series in the recently concluded Tests against Kraigg Brathwaite’s West Indies. Interestingly, the broadcasters did not reveal one in the post-match presentation ceremony following the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
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As far as Ashwin is concerned, he emerged as a standout performer as his exceptional bowling skills were instrumental in leading India to a 1-0 series win.
Ashwin’s performance in the series was nothing short of spectacular. He picked up a total of 15 wickets, including a ten-wicket haul, which played a crucial role in India’s triumph. Not only did he shine with the ball, but he also contributed significantly with the bat, scoring a half-century.
Zaheer Khan, in an interview with Jio Cinema, lauded Ashwin, saying, “He picked up that 10-fer, he was the main wrecker-in-chief, got 15 wickets, got a fifty as well. He had a terrific series. Virat (Kohli), Rohit (Sharma) and Yashasvi (Jaiswal) scored runs, but the main guy, who helped India get a result, was right up with his performance. My Man of the Series would have been Ashwin.”
In the first Test match at Windsor Park in Dominica, Ashwin finished with 12 wickets, helping India beat West Indies by an innings and 141 runs. His bowling spell of 7 for 71 led to West Indies folding for 130 on the third evening.
In the second Test, Ashwin picked up three wickets and also scored an unbeaten 56 off 78 balls in India’s first innings with the help of eight fours.
Ashwin’s performance in the series reaffirms his status as one of the world’s top spinners. His ability to consistently take wickets and contribute with the bat makes him a valuable asset to the Indian cricket team. His performance in the series against West Indies is a testament to his skill and dedication to the sport.