Sreenath Aravind impresses bowling left-arm spin

Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 23:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Manoj Prabhakar bowled off-breaks in his last match out of compulsion while Karsan Ghavri bowled left-arm seam and spin out of choice and now left-arm seamer Sreenath Aravind is the latest to join the bandwagon trying his hand at left-arm spin responding to team`s need.

Aravind who was recently in the Indian ODI squad during the five-match series against England was asked to bowl left-arm spinners by his skipper R Vinay Kumar after they gauged how much it was helping the slower bowlers.

Aravind who has earlier bowled left-arm spin in a Duleep Trophy and a Ranji Trophy game last season was equal to the task as he dismissed opposition`s best batsman Sanjay Bangar with his slow left-arm bowling as he finished with two for 25.

"It was a decision taken after having a look at the pitch and the ball was turning and keeping low. I have the experience of bowling left-arm spin at the first-class level," the shy Aravind said after the match.

But when asked whether he would also be liked to be considered in national team for his dual abilities, he said, "No, I would always back myself as a seamer."

For a pacer to bowl slow left-armers, Aravind doesn`t think there is any ego issues involved with it.

"There are no ego issues regarding bowling left-arm spin. My team required me to bowl and the pitch suited my bowling. Frankly speaking, I have never found any difference while bowling left-arm spin from bowling seamers. It`s all about pitching in right areas," he said.

KP Appanna who took five wickets said that KSCA president Anil Kumble`s encouraging words is helping him to bowl well as he has already picked up 11 wickets in three first-class innings this season.

"Before the season started, Anilbhai encouraged me a lot and said that I am the team`s main spinner and I should play freely. That helped a lot," the soon to be 23 Appanna stated.

PTI