“As A Bowler It Is Quite Scary”: R Ashwin On Why Players ‘Need To Be Careful’ About Baseball Brand Of Cricket

A recent report revealed that cricketer R Ashwin said that cricket players need to be careful because as a bowler, it is quite scary.

And they should also be careful about the baseball brand of cricket. Let’s hear more from him about what he has to say.

R Ashwin recently raised his concerns for the cricket players

Recently, Brendon McCullum took over as England Test coach. In the match, the side defeated the New Zealand cricket team by 3-0 at home.

Later on, they went on to win the fifth Test match against the Indian team. In the end, they drew the series 2-2.

In both the contests, some cricket fans were shocked by the aggressive brand of cricket that England displayed.

While playing against India, the England cricket team registered their highest successful chase ever in Tests of 378 runs.

This kind of aggressive brand of cricket is called Baseball. This word is derived from McCullum’s nickname Baz, who was known for playing the game in the same aggressive manner in his playing days.

However, in a recent chat with the Indian cricket team spinner, Ashwin had to share something with the world.

He revealed that the players need to be careful about this brand of cricket. Here is what R Ashwin said on the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast:

“It was amazing to watch, but as a bowler, it is quite scary to think where the game is headed.”

He also said, “I definitely think the ball and the pitches have a role to play in how England are playing, permitting a certain brand of cricket.”

“I think we need to be careful about this brand of cricket being the way forward. Test cricket has been the same for hundreds of years and there will be games and series that are played like that.

Whether it’s the same brand of cricket you play all along is very debatable.” R Ashwin added.

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The cricketer also talked about how there is no longer a balance between the ball and bat if we take a look at the ODI format.

R Ashwin revealed, “The one-day format used to be a format where bowlers had a say. Even me, as a cricket badger and a cricket nut, I switch off the TV after a point and that’s frankly very scary for the format of the game.

When those ebbs and flows go missing, it’s not cricket anymore. It’s just an extended form of T20.” 

“It’s a question of relevance and I think ODI cricket needs to find its relevance. It needs to find its spot,” said Ashwin.

In his entirety of career, Ashwin has played 51 T20Is, 113 ODIs, as well as 86 Tests for India picking 61, 151, and 442 wickets in the formats respectively.

We will be back with more juicy news related to the latest cricket matches. Till then stay tuned for more updates.

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