Cricket News: While being the world’s number two bowler would nearly secure a spot in the XI in almost any region of the world, Ravichandran Ashwin of India does not have that luxury. Despite having taken over 400 Test wickets and proved himself in both home and away conditions to clinch the number two slot in the ICC Test bowlers rankings, the off-spinner has yet to play in a single Test match during this tour of England.
A photo of Ashwin, who appears to be deep in thought while waiting for his turn, has gone viral on the internet. While Ravichandran Ashwin was watching the Test match, Team India battled to break the host team’s opening partnership after setting them a difficult goal of 368. India failed to win in the last session of Day 4 and only secured two wickets in the opening session of Day 5 at the Oval. With England on 131 points with two sessions remaining, any outcome is possible.
Despite the fact that India chose Ravindra Jadeja as their spinner, he has appeared ineffective in these circumstances. He had only two wickets in the entire series before this Test, and he had done just about okay with the bat. When questioned why Ashwin was not included in the Toss XI, skipper Virat Kohli explained that with their pacers bowling over the wicket, it suited Jadeja bowling to the English left-handers.
Several cricket analysts and pundits were not impressed with his reasoning. Former England captain Michael Vaughan even referred to Ashwin’s non-selection as the greatest non-selection ever seen in four test matches in the UK. Vaughan also used Ashwin’s records to emphasise his case.
“@ashwinravi99’s non-selection has to be the finest non-selection we’ve ever seen in four Tests in the UK!!! 5 Test 100s and 413 Test wickets!!!! #ENGvIND craziness…, “he penned
Prithi Narayanan, Ashwin’s wife, had also made a dig at the team’s management. Prithi just shared a video of their kid using a telescope to hunt for her father on Twitter.
She captioned the video, “Looking for @ashwinravi99.”
Here are some of the Twitter responses:
Man he is world no 2 bowler
Still can't understand why he is on bench pic.twitter.com/dZJnKv52pP
— Dr.Manmohan Singh Sir fan (@MBBSISLIFE) September 5, 2021
— yathish (@yathish066) September 6, 2021
Its like dropping kohli, just bcoz Thakur is scoring
— indian1st🇮🇳 (@neirrrajjj) September 6, 2021
The Number 2 ranked in the World and Number 1 among the current bowlers of both the Teams is still not able to make his place in the Playing XI
— Shweta Jain (@shwetajain_cric) September 2, 2021
32 Overs 77 Runs & No Wicket !!!
India missing this man soo badly 😢 pic.twitter.com/8oDVx5QgIb
— Varad Ralegaonkar (@varadr_tistic) September 5, 2021
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