‘Why is Ashwin in WI T20 series? I’m confused. My 2 spinners for T20 WC are…’ | Cricket

India have plenty of options for the 2022 T20 World Cup, most in the spin department, but some interesting options have been questioned by experts and seasoned cricketers over time. One of those options, Ravichandran Ashwin, has been brought back into the Indian T20I set-up after an eight-month long gap with just two months to go with the T20 World Cup. The move left former India captain Krishnamachari Srikanth “completely confused” as he questioned the entire logic behind Ashwin’s inclusion in the World Cup squad. Also Read | Dinesh is not a finisher. He’s adding the finishing touches’: Srikanth sparks huge debate over Karthik’s role in India XI

Ashwin was brought into India’s T20 World Cup squad last year due to an injury to Washington Sundar and only featured after the Men in Blue were out of contention for a place in the semis. In the latter’s next assignment he was retained for the New Zealand home series and then dropped. And after a gap of eight months, Ashwin was brought back for the T20I against West Indies.

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Speaking about the fan code at the start of the third T20I, Srikanth opined that Ashwin’s selection is completely confusing and that he will not make it to the final 15 for India’s T20 World Cup squad. The former chief selector actually supported the role of Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“It’s a big question. I’m totally confused about Ashwin. Why wasn’t he dropped, then why wasn’t he, then why didn’t he play T20 in England and then suddenly why is he in T20 for West Indies? It’s confusing for all of us. Because your first spinner is Jadeja. Second Chahal or Axar Patel or Ashwin or the reserve spinner. Out of these four, only two will go. Ideally…I don’t know Ashwin…maybe because of his all-rounder ability. But my first choice would be Chahal because he is a wrist spinner,” he explained.

In three matches in 12 overs so far in the ongoing series, Ashwin has taken three wickets at an economy rate of 6.66.


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