Ashwin optimistic as India's death bowling improves


Ravichandran Ashwin believes India's improved bowling at the death has added an extra dimension to their already formidable limited-overs set-up.

Wins over Bangladesh and Pakistan have given India a perfect start to their Asia Cup campaign and victory over Sri Lanka on Tuesday will seal their place in the final.

The experienced Ashish Nehra has been paired with the emerging Jasprit Bumrah to open the bowling for India and the pair have taken six wickets between them in the first two games.

And Ashwin, who often bowls his unerring off-spinners in the middle overs, believes Nehra and Bumrah's excellent displays at either end of the innings are a promising sign with the World Twenty20 on home soil looming on the horizon.

"I think it's very good if you can punch as a group and especially Ashish. We all know that he is a very experienced candidate," Ashwin said.

"He has come in on the back of a very good IPL last year, so we know exactly what his strengths are. He can swing the ball up front and has good abilities to bowl at the death.

"Bumrah has got a unique action and he has done very well in the IPL for the last couple of years. He can bowl those lethal yorkers again, which we might have been missing in the past few years, so that's definitely given us an extra sting.

"Our death bowling could definitely be much better than what it was in the past so that gives a lot of confidence and we can go about our middle overs with a lot more attacking instinct, to try and pick up wickets to seal things off. That's definitely a positive."