England vs India 2018: Ajinkya Rahane Gives Injury Update on Ravichandran Ashwin
Team India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that Ravichandran Ashwin will be fit to take the field in the fifth and final Test against England at Oval.
Meanwhile, the hosts have already wrapped the series 3-1 beating India by 60 runs at Southampton. Ashwin was not entirely fit for the third Test. But the team gambled on him, and it did not yield the desired result. The off-spinner struggled throughout the game and picked up only one wicket which fell on the last day of the Test.
He bowled just one over in England’s first innings where the hosts lost their all ten wickets in a single session. In the second innings, he bowled 22.5 overs and scalped a solitary wicket.
There were also doubts over his fitness for the last Test. However, he went on to play the game and fared poorly. In conditions where Moeen Ali picked up nine wickets, Ashwin managed just three. His performance made many speculate that the off-spinner was not fully fit.
However, later Ravi Shastri confirmed that the spinner was fully fit. And now Ajinkya Rahane has also said that the Tamil Nadu-born cricketer is free of any injuries.
“Ashwin’s fitness, I think Patrick will be a better judge to answer that. He played the last Test match and bowled really well and he fielded really well so I don’t think there is any issue with his fitness,” he said.
Ajankya Rahane shared high praise for Alastair Cook
Rahane talked highly of the England opener, who will play his last Test in the fifth Test against India. The southpaw announced that he will retire after the conclusion of this game.
“He [Cook] made his debut against India in India I guess. And I think he has been fantastic for England cricket. As an opener, averaging around 45 and playing 160 matches in 12-13 years, I think it’s magnificent. Credit to him, the way he handled his batting, technique, and pressure from you guys [media]. I would like to wish him the best for his post-cricketing career,” Ajinkya Rahane concluded.
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