ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif has said that Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma’s remark that Ravichandran Ashwin is the best player of all time was due to a slip of the tongue. After the first Test against Sri Lanka, Rohit said that Ashwin was the best player of all time. However, Latif said in a video posted on YouTube that such comments should only be seen as a way for Rohit to inspire the players in his team.
Ashwin became the second highest wicket-taker for India in the first Test against Sri Lanka. Ashwin finished second behind Kapil Dev, who took 434 wickets. Only Anil Kumble with 619 wickets is ahead. Following this, Rohit’s words about Ashwin are:
‘In my opinion, Ashwin is the best player of all time. He has been playing for India for years. A lot of great performances have also come out. It has many performances that have given India success. So my opinion is that Ashwin is the best player ever. People may have different opinions. But for me, he is the best player of all time, ”said Rohit.
However, Rashid Latif said that although Ashwin is a great player when he plays in India, his record abroad is not so good. ‘There is no doubt that Ashwin is the best bowler. Ashwin has managed to bring many variations in his bowling. Looking at his home performance, there is no doubt that Ashwin is the best spinner in India. But I find it difficult to agree with Rohit on his performance abroad. Anil Kumble is an Indian bowler who has excelled abroad. Ravindra Jadeja’s performance is also excellent. In the past, Bishan Singh Bedi was there, ”Latif said.
‘If performance in India is the only criterion, there is no doubt that Ashwin is a great player. I think Rohit’s statement is a misnomer. It is also a way to inspire teammates, “said Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan wicketkeeper.
English Summary: ‘Slip of tongue’: Rashid Latif on Rohit calling Ashwin ‘all-time great’