Former New Zealand cricketer, commentator and author Martin Crowe has expressed his concern over neglecting R Ashwin and the selection of Stuart Binny by the Indian team management. In fact, prima facia, the observations of Crowe are appearing to be true as Stuart Binny has failed miserably so far in the ongoing first test against England at Trent Bridge. Binny was expected to make an impact with the ball in seaming conditions, but he hardly looked threatening. He also failed with the bat, making just one run.
Crowe said, “Someone please explain why R Ashwin is now a spectator? Frankly, he would be my fourth automatic pick after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in this Indian Test team. He is a banker, yet he is being treated like a robber. He is being treated like a wheelie bin, dumped on the side of the road. Instead, Stuart Binny is deemed the better Test player.”
Criticising Jadeja, he added, “India have a tremendous opportunity to topple this shaky England unit. To do so they need every department covered. Normally, spin would be India’s sure thing. No longer is that case if Ravindra Jadeja is deemed your best spinner. It smacks of something extremely odd. Jadeja can bat, often flamboyantly and recklessly, and as a leftie at No. 7 he can do some damage. But his left-arm spin is nothing short of ordinary. At best he is a third-choice spinner in Indian conditions, where three are often needed. In England, you just need your one best spinner – something England would kill for – and Ashwin has proven that he should be first choice and should bat at No. 8.”
On the selection of Binny, he stated, “To bank on Binny’s bowling is only going to stir Geoffrey Boycott into referring to his grandmother again and again.”