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Sri Lanka should have been patient against R Ashwin: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSri Lanka paid the price for not respecting star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the three-match T20 International series against India, reckoned former India captain Sourav Ganguly.After losing the opening match in Pune, the hosts came back strongly with comprehensive victories in Ranchi and Vizag. Ashwin picked nine wickets, including his best haul of 4/8 last night and was named man-of-the-series. (Here’s why Sri Lanka were crushed by India )Ganguly said Sri Lanka should have realised Ashwin was India’s main bowler and they needed to be patient against him.”Ashwin is a seasoned campaigner; he has the IPL experience behind him,” Ganguly told Sports Today. (Shikhar Dhawan promises to fire at ICC World Twenty20 )”He bowled a lot for Chennai Super Kings in the first six overs. His biggest advantage is he has got a lot of variations. He can bowl the off-spinners and the carrom ball.”If the wicket helps Ashwin, batting becomes difficult for the opposition.  Sri Lanka did not understand this yesterday. He was India’s main bowler. The game was over in the first 3 overs. If they had been patient, they would have survived.”Ashwin snared two wickets in the opening over of the final match and Sri Lanka had lost half their side by the time the Powerplay overs finished. India chased down the modest 83-run target with nine wickets in hand.Ganguly also heaped praise on India’s new-look pace attack led by Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah. The Bengal legend said he would stick to these two even if Mohammed Shami regained complete fitness by the the time the ICC World Twenty20 started.advertisement”India’s seamers are doing a great job. The reason they won in Australia was because Bumrah and Nehra bowled so well.”They were not available in the ODI series, but once they were included for the T20s, the attack looked different.”I would actually pick Bumrah and Nehra ahead of Shami when he comes back. I would not want to change the composition. This fast bowling attack looks complete now,” said Ganguly.Shami, who has not played international cricket since the World Cup semfinal almost a year ago, was the only surprise choice for the Asia Cup and World T20.last_img

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