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Rashid Latif doesn’t think Ashwin is all-time great

Rashid Latif React To Rohit Calling Ashwin An All Time Great

The Indian off-spinner R Ashwin claimed a total of six wickets in the first Test against Sri Lanka, which was contested at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The match was won by the home team by an innings and 222 runs, which was a comfortable victory. The experienced spinner Ashwin overtook Kapil Dev’s long-standing record of 434 Test wickets to become the second-highest wicket-taker in India’s history.

Earlier in the first Test against Sri Lanka, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who was also making his Test debut as captain, praised the off-spinner, describing him as an ‘all-time great’. The skipper stressed the fact that Ashwin has been a member of the Indian national team for a long period. A former Pakistan cricketer, on the other hand, is of the opposite opinion.

Ravi Ashwin is a fantastic player, but he is not an all-time great: Rashid Latif 

Rashid Latif React To Rohit Calling Ashwin An All Time Great

During a video posted on Rashid Latif’s YouTube account, he referred to Ashwin as a “fantastic” bowler. The 53-year-old continued by saying that the veteran spinner is yet to be included in the list of ‘all-time greats’, despite his outstanding exploits in the abroad matches. Latif has played in 166 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 37 Test matches for Pakistan.

“There is no denying that Ashwin is a fantastic bowler. His bowling has become more varied as a result of his efforts. If you take a look at Ashwin in home conditions with the SG ball, there is little question that he is the top spinner in the country. However, in the absence of such circumstances, I would disagree with his (Rohit’s) remark. Kumble was outstanding, and he delivered an outstanding performance. Even Jadeja has put up a strong performance. Previously, Bishan Singh Bedi was considered to be one of the best,” Latif said on his YouTube channel.

“If we are simply talking about India, he is without a doubt excellent. I believe that (Rohit’s comment) may have been a case of slip of the tongue. The goal is to keep the players motivated,” he said.

When it comes to Ashwin’s statistics, the 35-year-old has played 85 Test matches for India, taking 436 wickets at an average of 24.27 in the process. When it comes to limited-overs cricket, Ashwin has played 164 matches for India and has picked up 212 wickets along the way.

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