India’s talismanic spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to practice in the net sessions, as reported by Aaj Tak. Thus, it is the positive sign for the visitors before the fourth Test match at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Subsequently, India has received a shot in the arm with the return of Ashwin.
Ashwin had suffered a hip injury in the third Test match at Trent Bridge. Consequently, he had bowled a solitary over in the first innings. Furthermore, he looked in discomfort when he went to chase the ball on the final day of the previous Test match as he was lingering towards the ball.
This is a good news for India.
Meanwhile, Ashwin was able to take only one wicket in the last match. In fact, Ashwin is not only crucial with the ball but also he can chip in with the bat while batting lower down the order.
If Ravichandran Ashwin fails to gain full fitness, Ravindra Jadeja who has thus far warmed the benches can be contention to waltz into the playing XI.
In fact, Ashwin was able to hit the ground running in the first Test match at Edgbaston where he scalped seven wickets in the match.
The off-spinner made full use of his County stint as he took four wickets in the first innings to go with another three in the second. Furthermore, he was able to contribute with the bat while batting down the order.
Thus, if Ashwin is able to keep his place in the playing XI, it would be a big boost for the tourists. India was able to get back one after losing the first two Test matches.
The fourth Test match will take place at Ageas Bowl, Southampton from tomorrow.