Ravichandran Ashwin has failed to make a strong case for making it to the Indian playing XI. Many felt that Ashwin might make it into the team for the game against New Zealand due to the fact that they have plenty of left-handers in their team. But team India didn’t change their spinning combination. Now, Jasprit Bumrah has opened up on Ashwin’s exclusion.
Jasprit Bumrah, who is the only wicket-taker for Team India in the tournament so far, admitted that Ashwin is an experienced bowler and said that the veteran right-arm off-spinner adds a lot of value to the Indian bowling attack. However, he also feels that the ball does not grip a lot in the second innings because of the dew in the UAE.
In the post-match conference, he also added that in hindsight, it could be argued that Ashwin would have made a difference.
“See, in hindsight, we could say a lot of things. In hindsight, we would have loved a lot more runs and a lot more wickets. He is an experienced bowler. Obviously, he adds value to the bowling attack whenever he comes.
But in hindsight, it’s very difficult. As I said, there’s dew in the second innings so the ball doesn’t grip and the options become very little and rare for the bowlers. You know, the margin of the error goes down. So in hindsight, you might say that ‘OK he might have made a difference but it’s too difficult to judge right now,” said Bumrah after the game.
Nick Compton takes a take at Kohli for excluding Ravichandran Ashwin
England cricketer Nick Compton has been very vocal about the fact that Kohli has repeatedly left out Ashwin from the team. He made his opinion very clear throughout the India England series when Ashwin didn’t play a single game despite being the highest-ranked Indian bowler and picking a five-wicket haul in a county game prior to the series.
Nick Compton took a dig at Indian skipper Virat Kohli after Ravichandran Ashwin was not included in the Indian playing XI. Compton tweeted that Kohli had a prickly relationship with Ashwin and that is the reason why the Indian spinner has been left out of the playing XI. Compton also questioned whether a captain can be bestowed with such autonomy in a cricket team.
“I just don’t understand how Kohli’s prickly relationship with Ashwin is allowed to keep him out of Indian teams? Do you think Captains should be allowed such autonomy?” tweeted Nick Compton.
I just don’t understand how Kohli’s prickly relationship with Ashwin is allowed to keep him out of Indian teams? Do you think Captains should be allowed such autonomy?
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) October 31, 2021
Speaking of the game, New Zealand thrashed India with 8 wickets and 33 balls to spare in the match between the two sides on 31st October 2021.
• Jasprit Bumrah reveals why Ravichandran Ashwin was left out
• Nick Compton takes a dig at Kohli for leaving Ravichandran Ashwin from the playing XI