Australian all-rounder Ashton Agar said he enjoyed watching India spinner Axar Patel bowl in the last two Tests against England in Chennai and Ahmedabad and added he is keen on learning from the way he operated.
Ahead of their third T20I against New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday, Ashton Agar shed light on what made Axar dangerous in the Pink-ball Test against England in Ahmedabad.
While the pitch that was used for the third Test has raised a few eyebrows in the cricketing fraternity, 20 off the 28 wickets that fell to spinners were from straighter deliveries.
While Axar bagged 11 wickets, Ashwin scalped 9. England were bundled out for 112 and 81 as India won the game within two days, making it the shortest match post-second world war era.
“I love watching cricket in the sub-continent. That is the greatest cricket to watch in the sub-continent as a spinner. Loved watching Axar Patel bowl. He was able to just hit the shiny side of the ball and get a few to go off the wicket,” Agar told reporters on Monday.
“That’s the most lethal one because you are expecting them to turn so much. He would have got maybe 10 of his wickets in the last couple of Tests with the straighter ones. Pretty exciting stuff, hopefully, the pitches stay that way in the subcontinent. It makes for really exciting cricket,” he added.
The 27-year-old also said he is keen on understanding the nuances of bowling in the sub-continent while lauding Axar for consistently landing at one spot and letting the pitch take care of the rest.
“The key to bowling in the sub-continent is accuracy and consistency, hitting the stumps every ball. One might turn and one might not. Sometimes, if you don’t know what the ball is going to do as a bowler, The batsman has absolutely no idea. However, Axar seemed to do it quite a lot of times,” he further stated.
“Maybe it’s something to work on. I am keen to play around with that after watching that. It’s a really good skill to have. Rangana Herath is a good example of that. I don’t know whether he meant to do it but he let the ball pitch in the same spot consistently,” he added.