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Ashwin my tip to be leading ICC WT20 bowler - Swann

Former England international Graeme Swann is backing fellow off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to be the leading wicket-taker at the ICC World T20 in India.

Swann, who took 10 wickets to help England win the World T20 in 2010, told Unibet that he believes that the spinners will be battling it out to emerge as the top bowlers in the tournament.

Speaking before the competition got underway, he explained:

"One of the things to look out for in the bowling market is experience in India. That's a massive one for me, so (look for) guys who play in the IPL, who play a lot of T20 cricket," he said.

"These grounds are really hard to bowl on. They're very small, very good batting wickets, and because of that I think the spinners are the ones to back.

"In T20 cricket, spin bowlers are always in the top 10 in the world. I think this World Cup will be no different."

So far, he is absolutely right, with Shakib Al Hasan, Mitchell Santner, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan all leading the way at the time of publishing.

And although he admits he doesn't always like backing favourites, he is prepared to make an exception for Ashwin, who was the bookmaker's choice before the competition started.

"I don't like backing a favourite, but the top guy for this tournament is Ashwin, and he's up there for a reason.

"He knows the grounds, he loves the pitches, he's got a great record in T20 cricket and IPL cricket, and I think he could be the man for India."

He added that England's Adil Rashid - another spinner - would be his dark horse, however.

"If you are looking for a dark horse in the bowler market, look no further than Adil Rashid, he has come on leaps and bounds recently.

"He has a great record in the Big Bash, which is the premier T20 tournament in my opinion and I think he could be England's dark horse, if not the whole dark horse for the World Cup."

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