The much-awaited India vs Australia Test series is just days away from the start. Ahead of the first Test in Nagpur, the Australian cricket team has already resumed their net practices in India. In the latest update, a video of an Indian bowler giving throwdowns to Australian batter Steve Smith has gone viral.
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While the visitors were reported to be looking at Axar Patel’s bowling footage, they have also roped in Indian bowler named Mahesh Pithiya for practice. Video of the same surfaced on Friday (3 February) in which he can be seen replicating Indian off-spinner and veteran Ravichandran Ashwin.
Watch the video here:
As reported by Cricbuzz, Mahesh Pithiya who is often reckoned as Ashwin’s duplicate made his first-class debut for Baroda in December. His action also resembles to that of the Indian veteran. A journalist was quoted stating, “Mahesh Pithiya grew up being called “Ashwin” owing to his uncanny impersonation of his idol @ashwinravi99”.
Australia squad for India Tests: Pat Cummins (captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
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