Written by Sandeep Dwivedi
| Centurion |
Published: January 14, 2018 1:11 am


R Ashwin picked three out of the six South African wickets that fell on day 1 of second Test. (Source: AP)

What a day on a brownish track can do to the confidence of a spinner? A couple of days ago, after his very limited role at Newlands, he was giving throwdowns to Cheteshwar Pujara in the nets. Those were early days at Centurion. Everybody in the Indian dressing room and their neighbours, that being the South Africans, felt this was a track to play an all-seam attack. If the Indian net session was a movie made in Hollywood, the credits would have mentioned Ravichandran Ashwin as ‘the guy throwing the ball at Pujara” — that is what he had been relegated to.

Two days later, Ashwin was suddenly cast as the lead star who had earned the right to write his own…

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