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

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.

India has options aplenty for the 2022 T20I World Cup, the most being in the spin department, but a few curious selections have been questioned over time by experts and veteran cricketers.

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

Ravichandran Ashwin’s Selection Questioned By ‘Confused’ Krishnamachari Srikkanth

The move of selecting Ravichandran Ashwin for T20Is against Windies has in fact left former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth “totally confused” as he questioned the entire logic behind Ravichandran Ashwin’s contention in the World Cup squad.

Ravichandran Ashwin was brought into the Indian T20I World Cup squad last year as Washington Sundar was injured and featured only after the Men in Blue fell out of contention for a spot in the semis.

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

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, speaking on Fan Code at the start of the third T20I, opined that Ravichandran Ashwin’s selection has been completely confusing and that he would not make it to his final 15 for India’s 2022 T20I World Cup squad. The former chief selector in fact backed Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal for the role.

“It is a big question. Regarding Ashwin, I am totally confused. Why was he not dropped, then why was he not there, then why was 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.”

In 12 overs so far across three matches in the ongoing series, Ravichandran Ashwin has picked three wickets at an economy rate of 6.66.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth Would Go With Spinners Ravindra Jadeja And Yuzvendra Chahal For The 2022 T20I World Cup

India went to the 2021 T20I World Cup last year with Varun Chakravarthy, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, and Ravindra Jadeja. However, they did not have a good campaign against the top teams in their group as they eventually crashed out of the tournament on the group stage.

“Because your first spinner is Jadeja. The 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…maybe because of his all-rounder capabilities. But my first option would be Chahal because he is the wrist spinner,” he explained.

Following the 2021 T20I World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal was brought back into the national team setup. They have also given opportunities to Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Axar Patel is one of the best defensive spinners in the country. He was brought back into the national team squad last year against England when Ravindra Jadeja was injured. Following the 2021 T20I World Cup, he has once again been a feature in India’s T20I squads against New Zealand and South Africa.

Ravindra Jadeja will still be ahead of other spin bowling options in the pecking order because of his all-around abilities. Ravindra Jadeja has been one of India’s best pace hitters at the death overs in the 20-over format, post-pandemic.

Yuzvendra Chahal now has the most wickets in a single IPL season for RR.© BCCI/IPL
Yuzvendra Chahal now has the most wickets in a single IPL season for RR.© BCCI/IPL

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was dropped from India’s 2021 T20I World Cup squad last year. He was also not retained by RCB despite being one of their best bowlers across the last seven seasons in the league. However, he is once again the first-choice spinner for the national team in T20Is and is now the country’s highest wicket-taker in T20Is.

He was also the Purple Cap winner in his first season for the Rajasthan Royals. Yuzvendra Chahal’s rise over the past six to eight months has been great to watch for cricket fans.