"Why is he in T20s for WI, Why was he not dropped"- Ex-Indian selector "confused" over Ashwin's inclusion in team
India crused West Indies in the third T20 match on Wednesday by seven wickets, courtesy of a brilliant innings from Suryakumar Yadav. Notably, this series will help India to a certain extent to find the right combination for the upcoming Asia Cup and T20 World Cup later this year.
However, India have already experimented and, despite many regulars not playing, there are other players who have stepped up and performed really well. Even in the spin department, India have tried a number of spinners in the last few series. That has also become a matter of discussion among many.
One such example is the inclusion of veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the team. Ashwin, who was not in the plans of the management in white-ball cricket, suddenly got his call back to the Indian side and that too just two months prior to the T20 World Cup.
Former Indian captain and chief selector, Kris Srikkanth, seemed "totally confused" over this move by the selectors. He also questioned the reason for Ashwin playing in the side if he is not in contention for the T20 World Cup. The off-spinner was part of the Indian side in the last T20 World Cup, in the absence of the injured Washington Sundar.
He was also picked for the home series against New Zealand after the World Cup, but later he was dropped from the team. And now he is playing after a gap of eight months. In a discussion on Fan Code, Srikkanth said that the inclusion of Ashwin in the team is totally confusing.
He also stated that it will be difficult for the off-spinner to make the 15-man World Cup squad because Jadeja and Chahal are the team's first-choice spinners. The former selectors questioned the management as to why is Ashwin playing against West Indies and didn't get the chance to play in England T20Is.
Srikkanth added, "It is confusing for all of us. Because your first spinner is Jadeja. Second is Chahal or Axar Patel or Ashwin or there will be a reserve spinner. Out of these four only two will go. Ideally...don't know Ashwin...may be because of his all-rounder capabilities. But my first option would be Chahal because he is the wrist spinner."
However, the off-spinner has picked up three wickets in this series in three matches at an economy of 6.66. It is still a big task for him to make it to the World Cup squad.