IND VS WI: After reintroducing Ravichandran Ashwin to India’s T20I squad after a lengthy absence, Aakash Chopra questioned the Indian selectors’ long-term goals.
The spinner has only played two T20 Internationals for Team India since the T20 World Cup last year. He is currently a member of India’s 18-man T20I team against the West Indies.
IND VS WI: Aakash Chopra wonders why Ashwin was benched after the World Cup
Chopra discussed the off-return spinners to the T20I team in the following way in a video posted on his YouTube channel: “Ravichandran Ashwin is back, which is interesting.”
What is the long-term outlook? Why has he been absent from the team for 8-10 months? Why was he completely sidelined after the World Cup, and why has he returned now? questioned Aakash.
The former cricketer-turned-analyst questioned why India did not select the veteran pro for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand and other matches.
“He did play five matches (including three at the World Cup), he did well, but after that, he doesn’t have a lot of chances,” he explained. Explaining further Aakash concluded that it would be best if the side had also played Ash against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
But India didn’t play him in the T20Is in England. Even though he was there, and the side could have benefitted from his presence.
There is no new information about Washington: Chopra
Chopra also questioned why off-spinner Washington Sundar was not named to the Indian T20I squad. He stated: “This is another major story in which Ravichandran Ashwin is present, but there is no sign of Washington Sundar.”
There has been no update on whether Washi Sundar is fit or injured because he was performing well, bowling well, batting well, and fielding well.
Sundar was injured while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL in 2022. He hasn’t been a part of Team India’s plans since. He wasn’t going to play county cricket for Lancashire, but he hasn’t yet.
Besides, there are speculations that new names would be considered for the T20 World Cup 2022. The names that have been in the news are Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, and some spinners too.
However, Dinesh Karthik’s presence in the T20 World Cup depends on his performance. While the side already has some finishers who can become a total hit. Them being Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.