Gautam Gambhir Terms Ravichandran Ashwin's Non Inclusion In Limited-Overs 'Unfortunate'

Gautam Gambhir Terms Ravichandran Ashwin’s Non Inclusion In Limited-Overs ‘Unfortunate’

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Gautam Gambhir believes Ravichandran Ashwin is unlucky to not be in contention for a place in the Indian limited-overs squads while Ashish Nehra mentions he is a good student of the game having enough experience and exudes confidence which shows while he bowls long spells.

The ace Indian off-spinner has stood out with his all-round performances in the longest format of the game over the last couple of months, firstly in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and then in the two Tests against England. This has led to calls in certain quarters for his inclusion in the Indian white-ball setup as well.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Gautam Gambhir Terms Ravichandran Ashwin Not Being Part Of White Ball Limited Overs Squad As Unfortunate

During the latest edition of the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra shared their views on the qualities that set Ravichandran Ashwin apart. Gautam Gambhir termed his continued absence from the Indian limited-overs teams as “unfortunate”, considering his outstanding record in Test match cricket.

“Someone who is coming close to taking 400 wickets and the same time getting five Test hundreds and still not being part of the white-ball scheme of things is very unfortunate. He is just a class act,” said the former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir.

“He is just a quality bowler and his subtle variations. The amount of cricket he has played and the longevity he has played with and still the kind of impact he has had, it is just unbelievable,” observed Gautam Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ravichandran Ashwin has last featured in an ODI and T20I in 2017 in June-July against West Indies. He has 150 ODI scalps in 111 ODIs.  Ravichandran Ashwin’s last international ODI game was on 30 June 2017 in the 3rd ODI at North Sound against the West Indies. He conceded 29 runs in his 10 overs, taking three wickets in a match that India won by 93 runs and has not played for India in ODIs since.

Ashish Nehra Reckons Ravichandran Ashwin Always Wants To Learn As He Is A Good Student Of The Game

Ashish Nehra highlighted Ravichandran Ashwin has made the best use of his experience and always raised his game in helpful home conditions.

“This is not the first time that Ravichandran Ashwin has made such a big impact when you are playing at home. When you talk about how he is so different, first thing of course he has so much experience and so much confidence when you are playing at home, when he knows these wickets are going to be helpful to him,” said Nehra.

Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The former Indian pacer concluded by pointing out that the off-spinner has always shown the urge to add to his bowling repertoire, and has also worked on his fitness of late.

“He is a good student of the game. We have always seen that he wants to learn. There were some fitness problems with him. We heard coach Ravi Shastri say that he is working hard on his fitness, so he can bowl long spells and he enjoys bowling long spells,” signed off Nehra.

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 394 wickets in the 76 Tests he has played. He is on the threshold of becoming the second-fastest bowler to reach 400 Test wickets, just behind Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who achieved the distinction in 72 matches. Richard Hadlee and Dale Steyn follow the Sri Lankan legend currently, both of them having taken 80 Tests to reach the milestone.