Ashwin wins Man of the Series in his debut series!!

@ram_cv (16516)
India
November 26, 2011 8:22am CST
Ashwin had a dream start to his Test Career with a Man of the match award in his debut match. He went on to cap it by winning the Man of the match award in the third test as well as the Man of the Series award. A series in which he took buckets of wickets and also scored his maiden Test century. A real dream start to the career and the reward a ticket to Australia. What are your views of the start of Ashwin's test career? Cheers! Ram
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@fannekhan (783)
• India
27 Nov 11
Ashwin is a good find and he is not unlike Anil Kumble. But the way he played the last two ball s of the last test was revealing. The penultimate ball that he defended to save this match was baffling.He should have walloped that ball and taken the risk. India was not going to lose the series anyway. By doing that he allowed the WI to get back into the game. If this weakness in attitude is not corrected now by the coach and the captain This future captain of India can ruin India's chances in the future by playing safe.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 Nov 11
I actually disagree on that point. I think it was more a brilliant decision by him to play out the ball and ensuring that India did not lose the match. The fact it had boiled down to the last two balls was not his fault. There were others before him who had goofed up. Of course, he should have run faster of the last ball to put pressure on the fielder, but that is something he will learn as he moves on. Cheers! Ram
• India
27 Nov 11
That is exactly the point. The moment he played the shot to the deep mid-on fielder he knew two runs were impossible but what did he do to force a misfield or a wild throw? Nothing.He could have sprinted the first run and distracted the fielder into releasing the ball in a hurry or even misfield. When the fielder saw Ashwin already giving up he had those extra seconds and he chose to throw to the wicket keeper's end. Aaron was haring to the danger end and he was doing the right thing. The west indies sniffed their chance in the 5 th ball when Ashwin chose to defend instead of attempting a boundary hit. Therein lies the difference between Australia and the others. They want to win at all cost and others give up or choke. You play to win not save, don't you realize the series was already won? You dont even have the confidence to last two balls after you have scored your maiden test hundred in the previous innings.Do you plan to draw/save a match just to gain a few test championship points? Very poor thinking!!! But over the years We have seen India playing poor cricket when it comes to crunch situations but we were happy that this team lead by Dhoni was changing all that.But obviously the players are under pressure to listen to bosses who may never have played the game and are focused on minting money through cricket. Next month we shall see Australia in Australia and there will be plenty of lessons to learn. Kindest Fannekahn
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Nov 11
Please do not quote Australian tactics and planning. As soon as their key players retired all their claims of bench strength has been exposed. They are now lying in 4th spot in test matches. I think they had a golden generation which consisted of champions all over the field. Once those champions are out, they are as much a combative and good team as any other top team, but no where near the invincible that the golden generation was. Also, even in the golden generation do you forget the final test of Steve Waugh, when instead of going for a win and risking a loss, Waugh played out for a draw. Cheers! Ram
@banta78 (4335)
• India
27 Nov 11
Yes I agree with you. Ashwin has had a dream start to his Test career. Winning Man of the match awards & Man of the Series award in only his debut series is a big achievement for any sportsperson. Scoring runs when it mattered and also picking up crucial wickets aplenty. Congratulations to Ashwin! Hope he keeps playing like this, even gets better! This is just the perfect start he could have hoped for. He still is quite young, has lot of time to learn and win in future which he himself admitted in post match conference. Have a good day, Cheers :)
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 Nov 11
Yes, what is good is that he also comes across as a thinking cricketer. I think the Australian series is going to be his biggest test. Let's see how he fares there. Cheers! Ram
• India
27 Nov 11
But is he thinking right? what is more important winning or a draw? The series has already been won and here is a chance to up 3-0 and yet you choose to play safe. Definitely not a winner's attitude. When is India going to learn how to play? when playing the only aim should be to win... period!
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 Nov 11
Again this is where you need to think differently for test matches. A draw is a perfectly valid result for a test match. I think there is nothing wrong with his decision to make things safe for India. Had he lost his wicket like Ishaanth and a wicket fallen of the last ball, everyone would have come hard on the youngster. It would have also affected India's standing in the ICC Test ratings as 2-1 would have knocked more points given the difference between India and West Indies in the rankings. It was not Ashwin's fault that the job was left to him for the last two balls!! Cheers! Ram
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
26 Nov 11
Ashwin played very well in the last test match. The mistake in the last ball --getting run out that can be exempted. I am sure he will have a very good cricket career. good day.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
26 Nov 11
Yes, let's hope he has. If so, then he is a long term solution for India's spinning combination. Now the only person we are looking in our bowling network is the Leg spinning option. Cheers! Ram
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Nov 11
If he bowls well then he may be able to stabilise his place in indian cricket team. good day.
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@sajujohn (1009)
• India
28 Nov 11
Yeah really he deserved this. He really bowled well through out the series and performed well with the bat too. Really this would be a good start for any beginner. Remember he was included in the team by replacing the well experienced Harbhajan Singh.Aswin did kept his selectors choice right. Also now he is going to Australia, hope he can perform well in that series too.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Nov 11
Yes, the selectors would really feel vindicated. As a selector you really have to be very happy if you pick a youngster and he wins the man of the series. Cheers! Ram
@akp100 (13289)
• India
26 Nov 11
Hi It will be good for India to get such good all-rounder. Surely he had a dream start for his test career. And hope he will able to be consist in his performance in next series against Australia. He really performed well in both with bowling and with bat too. Best wishes to him for future.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
26 Nov 11
Yes, consistency would be the key. He has got off to a good start. But what is more important is how he goes on from here. Cheers! Ram
@ASHUDEEP (1774)
• India
26 Nov 11
i know that ashwin surly get man of the series award because he deserve it.yes it is dream start for him he get many wickets and his maiden test hundred .this makes a sure ticket for him to australia and bad luck for harbhajan.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
26 Nov 11
I think it was between Ashwin and Ojha as to who will get the man of the series. But Ashwin's century meant that he got ahead of Ojha. It is a great start for his career. Let's hope he can continue with this run. Cheers! Ram