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‘Had a lot of expectations from him’ – Aakash Chopra disappointed with R Ashwin’s performance in South Africa Tests

By Alan

January 15, 2022

Former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra has said that he is ‘slightly disappointed’ with senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s performance in the just-concluded three-match away Test series against South Africa. Ashwin could manage just three scalps in the entire series having bowled 64.1 overs.

After a demoralising 113-run loss in the series-opener at Centurion’s SuperSport Park, the hosts staged a remarkable comeback at Johannesburg and Cape Town to seal the series 2-1.

“Ravichandran Ashwin. There were a lot of expectations from him. In my opinion, Ashwin not taking wickets, especially in the fourth innings, I think that’s been a let-down for sure”, said Aakash Chopra in a video posted on his official YouTube channel.

“Jadeja was not there, so he was certain to play. He will have to bat at No. 7, so there will be expectations of runs, he played one good knock as well, made 46 runs. But other than that, did he score runs every time? No. Will he score runs every time? No”, he added.

“I was slightly disappointed. I had a lot of expectations from him that he will do something, that he will contribute a little more, whether it was the Johannesburg or Cape Town pitch. Of course, they are not going to be rank turners but there was no contribution with the ball at all”, the cricketer-turned-cricket pundit added.

Ravichandran Ashwin went wicketless in the final Test match as he failed to bamboozle the Proteas batter on a pace-friendly Newlands wicket. As far as his batting is concerned, the Tamil Nadu cricketer scored 89 runs in six innings with his highest score being 46 in the first innings of the second Test at the Wanderers which helped India get past the 200 mark.