Eng vs Ind: Ashwin Gets Dropped on Test
Ravichandran Ashwin was widely expected to be selected for the fourth Test at the Oval by Indian fans. Kohli and the team’s management, on the other hand, had other ideas. With the series tied 1-1, India didn’t want to make any major changes.
Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav were the two bowlers they brought, but they were seamers. Ravindra Jadeja, not Ravichandran Ashwin, was the lone spinner in the team. A number of fans, including Shashi Tharoor, were unimpressed and took to Twitter to criticize the team’s decision.
English batsmen are “wary of Ravichandran Ashwin’s abilities” on tracks with “assistance,” according to India’s bowling coach Bharath Arun, but a decision on the senior off-inclusion spinner’s will be made only on Thursday morning ahead of the fourth Test.
The world’s best off-spinner, Ravindra Jadeja, has been benched for three Test matches in a row, with Ravindra Jadeja being used as a “batting all-rounder.”
When asked if both spinners can fit into the playing XI at Oval, which aids spin bowling, Arun said, “No doubt, Ashwin is one of the best bowlers we have and it’s unfortunate that he hasn’t played so far, but if there is an opportunity and we feel that he will fit into the scheme of things, they will definitely both be bowling in tandem.”