Australia face carbon copy of Ashwin at training to negate his threat

Baroda’s Mahesh Pithiya, whose bowling action resembles that of Ravichandran Ashwin, has been assisting the Australian team in getting a handle on a veteran off-spinner’s bowling style. Ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia summoned the youngster, who was playing Ranji Trophy, to train alongside them and stay with them in the same hotel in Bengaluru.

Pithiya has a similar height to that of Ashwin and takes a near-identical jump like Ashwin before delivering the ball and also lets the cherry go from almost the same height as the experienced campaigner.

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