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Sourav Ganguly feels Ravichandran Ashwin's batting has gone to the next level

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Ashwin scored a fifty on Day 2.

R Ashwin has been impressive with the bat

In the last year or more, Ravichandran Ashwin has evolved very well, not just as a bowler, but also a batsman. The 30-year-old made two Test hundreds earlier this year in the West Indies and showed his value with the bat in the second Test in Vizag as well when he scored a useful 58 to take India to 455.

The correctness in his batting has found praise coming his way from several quarters and the latest to join that list is former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who said that with his solid batting, Ashwin will help get rid of a big headache for Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble.

"Ashwin's batting has just got better and good to see his consistency in all conditions. His batting has gone to the next level and also needs to keep going on like this but back of the mind he must realise that he's a bowler first. His batting has taken off exceptionally and going to solve lot of problem for India, Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.

"He turns up everywhere and gets runs and all of us knew about Ravichandran Ashwin the bowler but as I said his batting has gone to a new level and we are pleasantly surprised to see that. But credit has to be given how he has gone about his job in international cricket,” he told India Today.

Speaking about India’s tryst with the Decision Review System thus far, Ganguly said that Kohli and his men will continue to improve in their judgement as they continue to use it.

"India will get used to this technology and in the past also India have used the DRS well like the 2011 World Cup and the 2014 Champions Trophy. The technology has got better, the players are now using it properly and the results are showing. ICC wants it to happen so might as well embrace and India have done that,” he said.

At the start of third day’s play, India used their final review as early as the first ball, but it didn’t prove to be fruitful. However, on the evening of the second day, they made the right judgement in the case of Moeen Ali, that yielded Jayant Yadav his maiden Test wicket.

Cheteshwar Pujara endured a positive result in the opening Test in Rajkot, when he went for a lbw referral, which proved to be right and helped him score a ton on his home ground.


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