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

Kiran More, the former chairman of the selection committee in his assessment of the squad, did hail the overall selection of the team but questioned the place of veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

India picked two spinners and three spin-all-rounders for the Asia Cup 2022 slated to begin on August 27 in the UAE. The spin attack includes Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Ravindra Jadeja, and Deepak Hooda.

Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Kiran More Surprised To See Ravichandran Ashwin’s Name In Asia Cup 2022 Squad

BCCI on Monday revealed India’s 15-members squad for the impending Asia Cup 2022 tournament. The squad saw the return of former captain Virat Kohli, who missed the West Indies tour and was been rested from the Zimbabwe ODIs, and vice-captain KL Rahul, who regained his fitness while star pacer Jasprit Bumrah missed the bus owing to a back injury.

While Kiran More did not object to the selection of other spinners in the team and rather hailed young Ravi Bishnoi’s call-up to the Asia Cup squad, he admitted that he was taken aback by seeing Ravichandran Ashwin’s name on the list.

File image of Kiran More | AFP
File image of Kiran More | AFP

Kiran More opined that India should have either picked an extra seamer in Mohammed Shami or a spinner in Axar Patel in place of Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Even I was surprised. How can Ashwin even come in this team? And every time. Even in the last World Cup he was picked in the team, and then did not play. Look at his IPL record, it is not that good. I really felt Shami should have taken that role or Axar Patel,” Kiran More said.

“And Axar has performed very well. Shami is my player and he will go to the World Cup. I want wicket-taking bowlers. Shami can pick wickets with the new ball, in the middle overs and in the slog overs as well,” Kiran More said.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s selection has time and again been questioned by experts. Making a return to the field after several months, Ravichandran Ashwin looked in control with the ball in the Caribbean. He picked up only three wickets in as many T20Is but went for only 6.67 an over. His scalps included those of the dangerous Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s Selection In West Indies T20I Squad Had Surprised Krishnamachari Srikkanth Earlier

Earlier, another former chairman of selectors, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, questioned Ravichandran Ashwin‘s very place in India’s T20I squad, pointing out his return to the white-ball set-up after a long gap of eight months.

“It is a big question. Regarding Ashwin I am totally confused. Why was he not dropped, then why was he not there, then did he not play the T20 in England and then suddenly why is he in the T20s for the West Indies? It is confusing for all of us. Because your first spinner is Jadeja.”

Krishnamachari Srikkanth | Photo Credit: Twitter
Krishnamachari Srikkanth | Photo Credit: Twitter

“Second is Chahal or Axar Patel or Ashwin or there will be a reserve spinner. Out of these four only two will go. Ideally…don’t know Ashwin…may be because of his all-rounder capabilities. But my first option would be Chahal because he is the wrist spinner,” he had told Fan Code earlier this month during the West Indies tour.

Ravichandran Ashwin was retained for the New Zealand home series after the conclusion of the 2021 T20 World Cup and was dropped later. And after a gap of eight months, he was brought back for the 5 match T20Is against hosts West Indies.