Fri, 11 Nov 2011 10:07:18 GMT

Ashwin must guard against complacency, says Akram

New Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram praised Indian off-spinner R Ashwin for his excellent Test debut against the West Indies, in which he finished with a nine-wicket haul, but warned him against becoming complacent.


Ashwin must guard against complacency, says Akram

"What I like about Ashwin is that he is not scared of flighting the ball, not just in Tests, but in T20s and ODI cricket too. He has got the variety, he has the carom ball, the quicker one and an easy action," said Akram.

"Ashwin is young and his height allows him to get extra bounce. He bowled excellently in the second innings."

With a nine-wicket haul, including six in the second innings, Ashwin became only the third cricketer to get a Man of the Match award on debut.

Akram, however, said the youngster must guard against complacency.

"His start has been terrific. But what I do not want to see with Ashwin is what happened with Sri Lanka mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. When Mendis came on to the scene he was unplayable but later everybody learnt what he does. So that is where Ashwin needs to change his tactics and develop more," said the former skipper.

The 45-year-old Akram also felt that having proved his worth with his guile and variations, the offie is expected to seal a berth for himself for the upcoming Australia tour.

"I am sure after this performance he will be selected for the Australia tour," the cricketer-turned-commentator said.

Although Ashwin's nine wickets in the match overshadowed Pragyan Ojha's 6 for 72 in the West Indies' first innings but Akram insisted that the pair can emerge as a spin twin for India in the future.

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