Impressed by Rising Pune Supergiants debutant Murugan Ashwin’s performance in the Indian Premier League opener, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the Tamil Nadu leg-spinner was not a bad find for MS Dhoni’s side as they beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.Batting first, Mumbai were restricted to 121 for 8 in 20 overs, thanks to a superb bowling performance by Pune. Harbhajan Singh (45 not out) was the top scorer for the home side. (Also Read: MS Dhoni prefers the new Ashwin over his old warhorse)In reply, riding on Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 66, Pune chased down the target comfortably posting 126/1 in 14.4 overs.M Ashwin was bought by Pune for a whopping sum of Rs 4.5 crore after he made a mark in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year. M Ashwin played only three first-class matches and two List-A matches, before he was picked by Pune.However, on Saturday, he looked at ease against top batsmen from the Mumbai camp. The leggie conceded only 16 runs from his four overs and picked up the wicket of Shreyas Gopal in his very first over. (Also Read: Ajinkya Rahane, bowlers help Rising Pune Supergiants thrash Mumbai Indians)”M Ashwin is not a bad find for Pune this season. He is probably one of the mystery bowlers and I think players will take a little bit of time to pick him,” Ganguly told IndiaToday in an exclusive chat.Dhoni’s Supergiants are one of the two new franchises this season, replacing the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who have been suspended for a period of two years due to the involvement of their owners in spot-fixing.advertisementGanguly said he was not surprised by Pune’s handsome victory over Mumbai and felt that they are a serious side. (Also Read: Rohit, Harbhajan blame Mumbai Indians’ batting for loss against Pune Supergiants)”That’s the way IPL works. Most of the players get in the team right before the start of the tournament. It’s not a problem. The thing is that they keep playing around the world.”As I have earlier, Pune are a serious side. Kevin Pietersen is a terrific buy for Pune. He was exceptional. He was not under any pressure today because the opening stand and the low total didn’t put much pressure on him. They look a good side to be honest,” he said. The former Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper also objected to Mumbai Indians’ strategy of sending all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bat at No. 3. (Also Read: MS Dhoni’s Pune Supergiants rise up to the occasion)”Rohit doesn’t need to panic. They are a good side. However, having Pandya at No. 3 is not a better option. He should instead come in at No. 6 because he is not technically that sound but he can hit ball a long way. So, he would like the ball to get old a bit and then hit through the line,” he said.
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