'He is the new R Ashwin' - Former England skipper Michael Vaughan backs young English star to replicate Indian legend

Michael Vaughan has heaped praise on the legendary Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his bowling brilliance in the longest format of th game..

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Michael Vaughan and Ravichandran Ashwin (File Photo: X)

The veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recently achieved a massive feat of 500 Test wickets in the third Test of the five-match series against England. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has always sounded like an ardent Ashwin fan and heaped the praise on the modern-day bowling legend.

Meanwhile, Vaughan came up with a blunt analysis while comparing the young England star with the legendary Indian off-spinner R Ashwin. The former England skipper praised the young spin find of England, Shoaib Bashir who was quite impressive with the ball in the fourth Test of the five-match series against India in Ranchi.

Here's what Michael Vaughan said about Shoaib Bashir

Vaughan backed Bashir to be the ‘next R Ashwin’ owing to the former’s brilliant bowling abilities which he has showcased in the ongoing Test series against India.

“England should celebrate for unearthing another superstar on the Indian tour. Shoaib Bashir is the new R Ashwin, and he will be a big player for England,” said Vaughan on Club Prairie Fire.

Bashir made his Test debut in the second Test of the ongoing series, which was played in Vizag. He scalped a total of 4 wickets in the Vizag Test. Later, the management dropped him from the third Test before picking him up in the playing XI for the penultimate fixture of the Test series.

The 20-year-old bowled impressively in the Ranchi Test and scalped a total of 8 wickets in the match, with 5 and 3 wickets, respectively in the first and second innings.

Furthermore, Vaughan also spoke about the upcoming fifth and last Test of the series between India and England. He predicted the visitors’ win in the last Test in Dharamsala.

“I think England will win the last game of the series. They have been a better team in the series against India. If you go session by session, England have looked better than India, but we don’t play series to win them,” he said.

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