In the ever-evolving world of cricket, few players possess the kind of enigma that Ravichandran Ashwin brings to the table. The seasoned spinner has been a stalwart for India in test matches and has displayed his mettle in various formats. Yet, the one puzzle that remains unsolved is his presence in India’s One Day International (ODI) squad, especially when it comes to the impending ICC World Cup.
Sometimes, fate has a peculiar way of intervening in a cricketer’s journey. A prime example is Axar Patel’s injury, which inadvertently opened the door for Ashwin. Axar’s untimely setback turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the wily spinner. With the ICC World Cup 2023 just around the corner, the Indian cricket team is making its final preparations, and Ashwin is keen to be part of the action.
India’s World Cup campaign is set to receive a significant boost with the return of two titans, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The anticipation is palpable as these two powerhouses are all set to grace the cricketing arena once more. Their presence alone could change the dynamics of India’s performance on the global stage.
Amidst the buzz surrounding the return of Kohli and Sharma, Ashwin seized the opportunity to remind everyone of his prowess. The star spinner, who had been curiously omitted from the World Cup squad, saw the void left by Axar as a chance to reaffirm his credentials.
In the series decider against Australia in Indore, Ashwin orchestrated a stunning collapse of Australia’s top order. His bowling masterclass was nothing short of phenomenal. The wickets of premier batsmen like Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner showcased his class and impact. Ashwin’s exceptional performance put him in the spotlight, raising questions about his absence from the World Cup squad.
Former Australian skipper Aaron Finch, known for his astute cricketing acumen, weighed in on Ashwin’s World Cup prospects. While acknowledging Ashwin’s exceptional talent and experience, Finch expressed skepticism about his inclusion in the final 15-member squad for the World Cup.
“I think he (Ashwin) might struggle to make it to the final 15, but as somebody who has played so much cricket, I think the rest of the group that is with the Indian team for this current series against Australia, they could learn so much about big gameplay,” Finch said.
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Finch highlighted Ashwin’s ability to rise to the occasion in crucial matches, be it a Test match or a T20 game. However, he remained pragmatic, suggesting that Ashwin might have a mentorship role within the squad rather than a spot in the playing XI.
“Because Ashwin is somebody that stands up in big games, whether it’s a Test match or a T20 game, he has done it all throughout his career. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s there at the moment as a mentor around the group, but I don’t see him making that last 15, unfortunately,” added Finch, who propelled Australia to T20 World Cup glory in 2021.
Ashwin’s journey to the World Cup is one filled with uncertainty and intrigue. Whether he makes the final cut or not, one thing is certain Ravichandran Ashwin’s passion for the game and his commitment to excellence remain undiminished. The cricketing world watches with bated breath as this chapter unfolds, eagerly awaiting the answer to the Ashwin dilemma.