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.
How are the Aussies preparing for @ashwinravi99 ahead of their upcoming Test series with India? Well, they’ve only gone and flown in a near carbon copy of the star off-spinner as a net bowler | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/l9IPv6i43j
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 3, 2023