Latest Cricket News: While Ravichandran’s Ashwin reputation as one of the modern-day greats is undeniable, he has yet to be named in India’s XI for any of the four-Test matches on the current England tour. After Virat Kohli and his team’s innings and 76-run defeat in the third Test, it was assumed that Ravichandran Ashwin, the world’s number two bowler, would get a game in the fourth Test match at The Oval.
Kohli, on the other hand, revealed only a few changes to the lineup at the toss on Thursday. He announced Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav as their substitutes while announcing Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma would miss the Test match due to niggles. When questioned why he didn’t go with Ashwin, a veteran of over 400 Test wickets, Kohli explained that England’s four left-handers and the fact that India’s pacers normally bowl over the wicket create a rough area that left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja can exploit.
Several cricket experts and pundits, however, were not impressed with his answer. Prithi Narayanan, Ashwin’s wife, has now 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’s the video:
— Wear a mask. Take your vaccine. (@prithinarayanan) September 2, 2021
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has previously described India’s selection of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as “madness.”
“@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!!!! Madness, #ENGvIND “Vaughan tweeted
One critique of Ashwin’s non-selection that stood out was that of Shashi Tharoor, a Member of Parliament and cricket fan.
“On England’s most spin-friendly ground, I can’t believe they left out Ashwin yet again. This group is incredible. @ashwinravi99 has to be the top or second name on your list of five best bowlers. Leaving him and @MdShami11 out of the Oval game is like wishing for death — as if you want to lose! “He expressed himself on social media.
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