Legendary Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has asked why R Ashwin is not being given a chance. In the first two tests of the ongoing series against England, Ravindra Jadeja has been picked as the lead spinner. But he has not been very effective. Saqlain believes that Ashwin can help India in taking 20 wickets.
Saqlain said, “England had six left-handed batsmen in their eleven. Why aren’t they playing R Ashwin? Isn’t it an obvious choice if they really want to play five bowlers? It is understandable that they didn’t want to play him at Lord’s. It was such a green-top wicket that you couldn’t differentiate between the pitch and the outfield on day one. The pitch eventually took some turn on days four and five. But nobody will play two spinners on such a track thinking that it will turn later. But why didn’t they play two spinners in the first Test at Nottingham on that flat track?”
He added, “At Lord’s they could have obviously played only one spinner, and Ravindra Jadeja was Dhoni‘s choice, no doubt. It seems, he prefers Jadeja in the longer format, while Ashwin is the preferred spinner in one-day cricket. Amit Mishra is his preferred option in T20 cricket if you see recent results. Different formats have different bowlers, but then you have to consider that India want to play five bowlers. Jadeja is an okay batsman. But Ashwin has two Test hundreds to his name. So you can play two spinners as it will be a better all-round bowling attack. I think it is an obvious call for Dhoni.”