At a time when the jury is still out on the possible reason behind Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin’s extended rest from the limited-overs cricket, Virat Kohli’s recent comments might put the debate to bed.
Jadeja and Ashwin along with pace bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami were rested for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, but while both fast-bowlers have been recalled to the team for the first three games of the upcoming series against Australia; spinners have been left out.
Chief selectors MSK Prasad had said that the due was rested, but one can safely say that he could not have come up with a more bizarre reason. While his comment looked appropriate for Jadeja’s absence, it was a baffling one for Ashwin’s as the Tamil Nadu star is currently plying his trade in English county instead of resting.
Well, it looks like Kohli has given a slight hint of why the spin duo mainly Ashwin is not featuring prominently in ODIs in recent times. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s series-opener against Australia, the India skipper, while emphasizing the need of two all-rounders in the team, said that the team is looking to play two ‘proper allrounders’ which will not only bolster the batting and bowling but will the fielding.
“A lot of teams are heading that way. You need depth in batting and you need depth in bowling as well. Those two all-rounders provide that kind of balance. Someone like Hardik Pandya or Axar Patel or Ravindra Jadeja. I think we need to identify two of those guys for your side to have more strength in both the departments,” Kohli said at the pre-match presser.
“That is something that all of the sides are going to move towards this because of the strength it gives in both departments along with being a top fielder as well. It’s very very important. You need a proper all-rounder and not just a bowling and a batting all-rounder. It’s something we have focused and we will look to continue as well,” he added.