Team India is currently playing the 5-match T20 series against the West Indies. The squad for this West Indies tour comprises all those players who could be there for the T20 World Cup Squad for the 8th edition of T20 World Cup, 2022.
The Indian spin department is one such area where more than 4 players are knocking on the door for the T20 World Cup selection. However, there are such selections that are being questioned from time to time and one such name which is hovering around the fans and cricket experts is Ravichandran Ashwin.
Meanwhile former Indian cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth has questioned the logic behind keeping R Ashwin on the radar for T20 World Cup 2022.
Last year when young Washington Sundar got injured, Ashwin was brought to the team. He was also picked for the 2021 T20 World Cup which was held in UAE. However, the performance of Ashwin in UAE was so mediocre and team India did not even make it into the semifinal.
While speaking on fan code during the third T20I, Srikkanth said that Ashiwn does not fit for the role and he is not appropriate for the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, he backed Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal for this mega event.
The former opener said, “It is a big question. Regarding Ashwin, I am totally confused. Why was he not dropped, then why was he not there, then why was he not playing the T20 in England, and then suddenly why is he in the T20s for the West Indies? It is confusing for all of us. Because your first spinner is Jadeja. The 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…maybe because of his all-rounder capabilities. But my first option would be Chahal because he is the wrist spinner.”
In the West Indies, Tour Ashwin has bowled 12 overs in which he is struggling for the wickets. He has only 3 wickets to his name.