When off-spinner R Ashwin was not included in the lineup for the first test against India at Trent Bridge, it raised some questions about the team’s selection criteria. Ashwin was one of India’s top bowlers in the World Trial Championship final against New Zealand, picking three wickets in the match.
Ashwin also made a stint in the county with Surrey before the start of the Test Series against England where he chose a five-wicket course. But all-rounders Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja were chosen against Ashwin at Trent Bridge.
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Ashwin was set to play in the Lord’s Test, but overnight conditions led the Indian team to make a last-minute change which caused them to miss the game once again. As India managed to script a historic victory at Lord’s in the 2nd test with the help of their bowling team, former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer wants Ashwin to be included in the team for the test from Leeds.
“The thing is, Ashwin was supposed to play at Lord’s, from what I’ve heard. I’m not aware of inside information about the team’s tactics. But it rained, conditions are turned cloudy. When conditions become cloudy, the leaders are preferred. So we made the right decisions, “said the engineer in a statement. interview with Sports Tak.
“But at some point we maybe thought we should have played against Ashwin. At Headingley we should play three pointers and Ashwin. Because we will have more variety. Remember, Ashwin is a very good one. Versatile. He’s a world-class bowler, but he’s also a very good batsman. He had a brilliant 100 in Australia * (Ashwin scored 100 against England in India). And he’s a fighter. We need fighters like him on the team.
“So I would say yes Ashwin should be in the squad. At whose expense we don’t know. But because it’s a good problem for the coaches. That we all have. Whether we have 12 or 14, and all 14 are good enough to beat England, ”he explained in detail the reasons for his call.
“But I would play Ashwin in the next test, he’s a magician of a bowler, a fighter of a batsman. Very good batsman. So yes my vote would go to him,” he said.
The engineer, however, maintained that India should still consider conditions at Headingley before making a final call to the XI.
“Again, according to the wicket. In the rain of the past, England used to set up greener grounds to suit their fast bowlers, but now India has better openers than England, so they can’t afford to go green so they’ll shoot each other in the foot again, “he signed.