In order to prepare for the Test series against the Indian team, the players of the Australian team are practicing intensively with his dope, who bowls like Ashwin without breaking the mold, as their net bowler. This information was shared by the Australian Cricket Board.
The Australian cricket team led by Cummins is currently camping in India. The team will play a four-match Test series and an ODI series starting on the 9th.
Spin Pros: Spinning will play a major role in the Test series. Because Indian pitches are more supportive of spin. Considering that, spinners have been included in the Australian team. However, the Australian batsmen have to cope with the whirlwinds of the Indian team.
In this, Ashwin will pose more threat to the Australian batsmen. Last time when the Indian team traveled to Australia, it was Ashwin who impressed the country’s players with his bowling. Considering all this, the Australian players are training intensively by finding a bowler who bowls like him as a net bowler and asking him to bowl.
Who is this Ashwin’s dope? – Cricket Australia reported Ashwin’s dope bowling during Australia’s first practice session. Spinning is going to be a major contributor in this series. Therefore, Cricket Australia has informed that they are training with the best net bowlers available locally in India. It also says that Ashwin’s top is top.
Mahesh Pithia, a 21-year-old bowler from Junagadh, Gujarat, is known as Ashwin’s dope. The funny thing about this is that till he was 11 years old, he didn’t even see Ashwin bowling on TV. (He didn’t have a TV at home then) Pithia had seen Ashwin in a match against the West Indies last year in 2013. Since then Ashwin has been his hero. Pithia is used to bowling just like Ashwin. Now almost Ashwinaka stands transfigured. He made his first-class cricket debut for Baroda last December.
Pratesh Joshi told the Australian coaching staff about him. After seeing his bowling on social media, the Australian team immediately invited him. It is reported that he is currently bowling with the Australian team in a variety of ways. It is said that players like Labuschagne, Smith and Head stumbled when faced with his bowling.
However, this training will help the Australian players to deal with the Indian spin in the upcoming Test series. Australia is practicing at Alur Cricket Ground owned by the Karnataka State Cricket Association.
How are the Aussies preparing for @ashwinravi99 ahead of their upcoming Test series with India? Well, they’ve only gone and flown in a near carbon copy of the star off-spinner as a net bowler. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/l9IPv6i43j
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 3, 2023