To cope up with the Ashwin threat in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Australians had asked the 18-year-old from Baroda to bowl to them in their practice sessions. In the video, Mahesh could be seen bowling to the likes of Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith along with other India net bowlers.
Mahesh Pithiya grew up being called “Ashwin” owing to his uncanny impersonation of his idol @ashwinravi99 & he ende… https://t.co/xnUkAMYQSZ
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) 1675393169000
Taking a cheeky swipe at the Aussie preparations, former India cricketers Wasim Jaffer and Irfan Pathan said that the Ashwin factor is already troubling the Australians even before the start of the series.
First Test is five days away and @ashwinravi99 is already inside Aus head 😅 #INDvAUS #BorderGavaskarTrophy https://t.co/H1BNpj3PP8
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) 1675494542000
Even before the first ball of BGT @ashwinravi99 is already playing. Love it.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1675502285000
In the recent years India has had a reputation of playing on rank turners and the upcoming Test series is being seen as the biggest challenge for the Pat Cummins-led side.
The four-Test series starts from February 9 in Nagpur and the result of the series will be crucial for both the teams in the run-up to the ICC World Test Championship Final.