3 options India must try for R Ashwin's successor in Tests as a right-arm off-spinner
India has a strong spin attack for Tests right now. However, both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are near the end of their careers. In Jaddu's case, India has suitable backups in the form of Axar Patel and Saurabh Kumar. However, for R Ashwin, there are very few options. Most of the options such as Jayant Yadav, K Gowtham and Jalaj Saxena are all old and hence, cannot be considered for the future. Therefore, the management must take steps to quickly identify and groom a successor for Ashwin. On that note, in this article, we take a look at three options India must try for R Ashwin's successor in Tests as a right-arm off-spinner.
1) Washington Sundar
Of course, it will be Washington Sundar who will be groomed first as the successor for R Ashwin. Sundar is known for his defensive bowling and hence, he is successful in the shorter formats. For the red-ball format, though, an off-spinner has to collect wickets regularly and hence, Sundar must work on this. He has the age and skills to do that. As a batter, though, Sundar would be an upgrade as the youngster has played in the top order for his state and in the first few Tests for India, too, Washi has been good.
2) Tanush Kotian
Tanush Kotian is one of the options India must try for R Ashwin's successor in Tests as a right-arm off-spinner. Playing for Mumbai, the 24-year-old is doing well. He is also an all-rounder and is an important part of the Mumbai Team. He has been performing well and hence, India must integrate him into the India A setup more consistently.
3) Vaisakh Chandran
Vaisakh Chandran from Kerala is too inexperienced for the longer format. However, India does not have too many options in this attribute. Hence, they have to identify the talents and Vaisakh is one of them who can be backed to come good.