Ashwin’s Return: A Question of Selection for India’s World Cup Campaign
Ravichandran Ashwin’s form on the cricket pitch has been a point of debate among many pundits and former cricketers. The primary query: Does the seasoned spinner have what it takes to cement his position in India’s World Cup squad? According to Hindistan Times.
The Context Behind the Debate
The recent injury to all-rounder Axar Patel has led to a potential door opening for Ashwin, especially with India preparing to host the 2023 World Cup. Known for his mastery on Indian pitches, Ashwin has the weight of his home advantage. As the Men in Blue gear up for the tournament, anticipation fills the air in Rajkot where India’s preparation reaches its zenith.
In the prelude to the World Cup, India faces Australia in their final 50-over fixture, a contest laced with anticipation. Notably, Ashwin, once set aside by selectors for the marquee event, is now in the fray to represent India again. Without Axar’s services, Ashwin showcased his class by orchestrating Australia’s top-order tumble in the climactic series game at Indore. This performance, particularly against the stalwarts of Australian cricket, has solidified Ashwin’s bid for the upcoming World Cup.
The Australian Perspective
Aaron Finch, Australia’s seasoned captain, offered an outsider’s view on the selection conundrum. In a conversation with Star Sports before the 3rd ODI between the two titans of cricket, Finch’s prediction was intriguing.
On Ashwin’s inclusion, he mused, “I think he might struggle to make it to the final 15, but considering his extensive experience in cricket, the current Indian team could glean significant insights about playing in high-stakes matches from him.”
Finch’s comments came on the back of Ashwin’s exemplary performance against the Australians. Marnus Labuschagne, the premier batsman, was left puzzled by an Ashwin delivery in the crucial game at Indore. Furthermore, David Warner’s attempt to bat right-handed to tackle Ashwin’s prowess underscored the spinner’s dominance in the rain-affected match. With a stellar performance, Ashwin, at 37, was India’s standout bowler, assisting in India’s commendable victory over the Aussies.
Finch’s Final Verdict
Highlighting Ashwin’s reputation in pivotal games, be it Tests or T20s, Finch added, “Because Ashwin has consistently risen to the occasion in critical matches throughout his career, I wouldn’t be taken aback if he’s currently mentoring the squad. Yet, I’m sceptical about him being in the final 15.”
Finch’s sentiment, considering his captaincy led Australia to T20 World Cup triumph in 2021, carries weight and raises the question of Ashwin’s role in the Indian team’s World Cup journey.