Ravi Ashwin bowled for three hours in a voluntary net session to improve his length
Mohammad Kaif, a former Indian cricketer, recounted an incident during Ravi Ashwin’s tenure with the Delhi Capitals during which he bowled three hours continuously in an optional net session. Kaif was a member of the Delhi franchise from 2019 to 2021, and he got a front-row seat to Ashwin’s exploits. Ashwin has been an extremely economical bowler during the last three to four seasons of the IPL, despite his lack of wickets, and he can bowl in a variety of phases. He was acquired by RR for INR five crores in the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Ashwin has taken two wickets in six IPL games for Rajasthan Royals, but has bowled some tight lines and kept hitters on their toes with an economy rate of 7.54. The off-spinner is constantly introducing new wrinkles to the game and was recently the first hitter in the league to retire out for his team’s benefit. He has always been a strategist, and his 2019 run out of Jos Buttler exemplified his willingness to outwit batters and spring surprises.
Kaif referred to a conversation he had with Ashwin on the Delhi Capitals team bus during the team’s first game at the Wankhede Stadium, during which the off-spinner was not at his best, and stated that Ashwin was displeased with the decision to rest during the optional practise session. Rather than that, Ashwin desired to rectify his lengths from the previous game and bowled for three hours to do so. Kaif stated that Ashwin believed he was too preoccupied with shots and needed to spend time in the nets to regain his rhythm.