first_imgRavichandran Ashwin was forced out of the second India-Australia Test at Perth, due to a left abdominal strain.India decided to go in with four frontline seamers – only for the third time in their Test history – and had the option of spin from part-timers Hanuma Vihari and Murali Vijay. The pacers toiled hard as Australia finished day 1 at 277/6.Vihari looked to be troubling the Australian batsmen with his spin and bounce on a pitch that was clearly going to offer something for the spinners despite the outwardly green tinge.Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey said that India will surely feel the loss of Ashwin, which may prove to be a big blow for India.Ashwin had a good outing in the previous Test in Adelaide, which India won by 31 runs, taking six wickets.”It’ll definitely throw the team balance out quite a lot I would have thought,” Hussey, who played 79 Tests for Australia during his career, was quoted as saying in”You could tell quite clearly in Adelaide they liked to use the spinner – much like Australia really – to bowl a lot of overs from one end and then rotate the faster men from the other end.”Sunil Gavaskar rued R Ashwin’s side strain and said the off-spinner would have been an easy choice if he were fit.”He [Ashwin] definitely would have because I don’t think they would have included an extra bowler and gone in with a five-bowler attack. They would have included Hanuma Vihari as Rohit wasn’t fit but Ashwin definitely would have played,” Gavaskar told Sony Pictures India on Friday.advertisement”They would have had a little more variety in the attack. If the ball turns, even Jadeja can turn it. Going in with four new ball bowlers, does leave you a little lopsided. It’s like saying I will play six opening batsmen. There are specialties with every batting unit, similarly with every bowling unit,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Were India conned into playing 4 pacers in Perth? Experts disagree with Kohli’s callAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari wanted to give India pacers some rest. He ended up taking 2 wicketsAlso Read | Finch thrilled with Vihari’s spell, expects Lyon to wreak havoc vs Indialast_img

R Ashwin’s injury unsettled Team India’s balance in Perth Test: Michael Hussey

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