T20 World Cup: “Would love to see him play’ Graeme Swann backs Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of New Zealand clash

The upcoming match between India and New Zealand will be a must-win clash for both sides in the all-important T20 WC.

Graeme Swann and Ravichandran Ashwin
Graeme Swann and Ravichandran Ashwin

Former England cricketer Graeme Swann believes that team India must play ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the game against New Zealand on Sunday. The two sides are scheduled to play each other in the ongoing 2021 ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Dubai. 

Ashwin missed out on playing the high-voltage game against arch-rivals Pakistan as the Virat Kohli-led side went with mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy. The Englishman even suggested that the ‘Men in Blue’ can play three spinners while dropping Hardik Pandya in the IND-NZ clash. 

“I would love to see Ashwin play, personally. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have all three spinners playing,” Swann was quoted as saying on Cricket.com.

“Who he plays for, probably one of the seamers or maybe Hardik Pandya if he is not going to bowl. I’m very biased towards spin so I would love to see Ashwin. He is a brilliant bowler; he’s got a lot of variation and he is a big-time player – he can really turn up and perform in a must-win game,” he stated.

“Don’t like the spinners bowling in the powerplay” – Swann

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy

The cricketer-turned-commentator also shared his opinion on the spinners bowling during the powerplay overs in the shortest format. 

“I don’t like the spinners bowling in the powerplay unless you’ve got someone like a Shakib who is brilliant at it. Because it’s almost a defensive move, as you’re trying to just stop being hit for boundaries.

“I don’t like someone like a Varun Chakravarthy bowling in the powerplay because I think if you bring him on after the sixth over, he can bowl you 4 overs for 10 runs and 2 or 3 wickets,” Swann added.

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