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India vs South Africa: Ravichandran Ashwin turns seamer ahead of Centurion Test; Watch video

The off-spinner is seeing trying a hand at seam bowling after the pacers did well in the first Test while he could only manage to conjure two wickets in the Newland Test.

Written by: Brett Ellis, New Delhi [ Updated: January 12, 2018 13:02 IST ]
R Ashwin bowls during a net session.Photo:INSTAGRAM: INDIANCRICKETT

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is trying to add a new trick to his armoury as India aim to bounce back against South Africa in the second Test at Centurion. Ashwin, who is India's leading spinner, seems to now try a new style to gain success in South Africa. The pacers did brilliantly in collecting all 20-wickets at the Newlands Test while the off-spinner claimed only two. 

Ashwin tried his hands at bowling seam at the nets during India's practice session in Centurion. The BCCI shared a video with a caption: "How good is @rashwin99 bowling seam ?????? #SAvIND #TeamIndia".

How good is @rashwin99 bowling seam 🤔🤔🤔 #SAvIND #TeamIndia

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India lost the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs. A match which was wrapped in three days (day 3 being called off due to rain) saw each sides' twenty wickets fall. The Men in Blue have no other choice but to talk with the bat if they are to project a good scoreline on the board. 

(Read about India's 'swag' net session)

R Ashwin has been instrumental in India's wins in Test cricket in recent years and has already established himself as one of the best spinners in the circuit. Ashwin is the fastest to reach to 250 and 300 wickets in Test cricket, overtaking Australian legend Dennis Lillie. 

Ashiwn has so far collected 306 wickets in Test cricket and has now been established as a player for the longest format of the game.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin's spin twin, who fell ill before the first Test, is back in action and may be taken into consideration as the coach and skipper aim to improve their lower-order batting line-up which may see the Saurashtrian come in place of the off-spinner. 

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