India’s former captain Anil Kumble has stated that Ravichandran Ashwin is still team’s best spinner. Ashwin is not part of the limited-overs team since the conclusion of the 2017 Champions Trophy. Furthermore, Ashwin didn’t get a place in the playing XI in the two-Test matches on the recently concluded West Indies tour.
In fact, this was the first time in Ashwin’s career when he was part of the squad but could not make the cut into the last XI. Ravindra Jadeja got the opportunity to play both the Test matches. Thus, Ashwin will like to turn the tables in the upcoming fixtures.
Ashwin hasn’t received his opportunities.
Anil Kumble who was well known for his immaculate bowling stated that Ashwin should be part of the playing XI. Hence, the think tank must make way for him.
“He is still the best spinner that you have. Yes, there have been a few incidents where he has had injuries and not performed to his potential, but Ashwin is your number one spinner in the team. He should be a part of the squad, he should be in the playing XI, you have to make a way of getting him in,” Kumble said in an interview with CricketNext.
In fact, Ravichandran Ashwin has a staggering record against West Indies not only with the ball but also with the bat. Subsequently, when he was not picked for the first Test match, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar was baffled by the team management decision.
Ashwin has scalped 342 wickets in the 65 Test matches at an average of 25.44. Thus, the talismanic spinner will like to make a solid comeback in the three-match Test series against South Africa. The off-spinners’ career graph is going down the slope and he would like to give it a boost. The first Test match against South Africa will be played at Vishakhapatnam from October 2.