After rather untimely controversy over spinning tracks , India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and former India spinner Harbhajan Singh have sought to clear the air around the “pitch debate” via micro-blogging site twitter showing mutual respect and appreciation for each other. It may be recalled that during the Indore Test, Harbhajan had tweeted in response to one of his followers:”Kumble and my test wicket count would have been something else if we got wickets like last 4 years we playing on..” Many had cited that Harbhajan was miffed for being ignored in the playing eleven and Ashwin’s success has made him insecure as he is longer considred as the team’s numero uno spinner.
This led to media asking questions to skipper Virat Kohli on the pitch debate. Asked for his reaction to Harbhajan’s tweets in the post-match press conference Kohli seemed perplexed. “Who made that statement?” he asked, a little peeved. When told it was Harbhajan, Kohli tried to be diplomatic, but had no choice but to give a straight answer. “See even if it is a turning pitch you have to bowl well. Spin doesn’t happen only off the pitch. Spin is about how many revs you impart off the shoulder first. And then the ball will do something off the pitch,” Kohli said.
“I remember after we lost to New Zealand in the World T20, suddenly their spinners were quality and we were found out. I don’t see anyone talking about that now. The same spinners have played. Why have they not been able to pick wickets? It is as simple as that. Our fast bowlers picked wickets everywhere. We never complained about anything. You can give a guy a cement track to bat on. He (still) needs to have the mindset to score runs. It is as simple as that,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ashwin took to twitter trying to stop speculations about his alleged differences with Harbhajan. The senior off-spinner also clarified that his comments were not against him.
“@harbhajan_singh has been an inspiration nd I started bowling off spin only after seeing the 2001 series.This banter going on is unhealthy,” India’s premier strike bowler at the moment tweeted.
“By pitting players against each other we aren’t going to gain anything but just a juicy headline.Lets respect ppl and keep the game healthy,” he further tweeted.
In his response, Harbhajan tweeted:”Dear got nothing against you. For some reasons my words are misconstrued. Wish you nothing but the best ?? Keep the flag high! God bless.”
Ashwin is going through a purple patch in his career having reached a coveted milestone of fastest 200 wickets amongst Indians.