Originally Posted by Pup Clarke
Watching the player in question.
Example - Ashwin, i think, was the fastest bowler/spinner to 50 test wickets. This doesn't neccesarily mean that he's overall a good bowler obviously. Therefore, only really by watching him closely can you tell this.
This entire revisionist perspective on Ashwin is annoying me no end.
Yes, you are right, one should watch a bowler to know how good he is. However I refuse to believe anyone who has a proper cricketing brain and has actually watched Ashwin bowl early in the first innings of the first test and against NZ and WI would actually question whether he bowled well enough to deserve those wickets.
The problem right now is not that he has been found out and never was a particularly good bowler. The problem is that he has been bowling unimaginative dross for the last two games in contrast to some excellent bowling that he is actually capable of.