Dhoni’s batting reflected on his captaincy: Ashwin

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PHOTO: Akhilesh Kumar
PHOTO: Akhilesh Kumar

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s magnificent batting form reflected on his captaincy which helped India produce a clinical performance in the first Test against Australia.

“I think he pointed it out himself after the match that he isn’t sure whether he would be able to replicate the performance again. I mean he scored two hundreds in almost two sessions which was extraordinary,” Ashwin said.

“In fact, he (Dhoni) set the tempo as a captain and his performance reflected on his field settings and bowling changes. We didn’t look back after that. If someone plays an innings like that, it can be demoralising for any opposition,” he said.

The burly Tamil Nadu tweaker also played a major part in the first Test with his 12-wicket haul.

Asked about the competition between the spinners with obvious reference being Harbhajan Singh, he said, “Competition always existed, it still exists and will continue to exist. I don’t even think about it... ”

By his own admission, Ashwin is not a very good reader of the pitches but he reckoned that the 22-yard strip at the Uppal Stadium will be a “good one for the first two days”.PTI



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