New Delhi. Team India was announced a day before the T20 World Cup (ICC T20 World Cup 2021). Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is back after 4 years. At first glance, it seems that Ashwin has been included in the squad as a replacement for the injured Washington beauty. This is also largely true. Because captain Virat Kohli had earlier said that he would prefer Sundar over Ashwin. But from the selectors’ point of view, Ashwin was not given a place in the team just because of the injury to Washington Sundar.
His performances in T20 cricket over the last few years, especially in the IPL, have been remarkable. This is why the selectors are betting on him. Now it is Ashwin’s responsibility to take advantage of this opportunity.
Chief selector Chetan Sharma had earlier in the day given reasons for including Ashwin in the T20 World Cup squad. Then he said, Ashwin’s performance in the last few seasons of IPL has been excellent. The same thing went in his favor and he was included in the team.
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“When you go to play in the World Cup, you will need an off-spinner,” Sharma added. Everyone knows that after the second round of IPL 2021, the T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates. In such a situation the pitch will slow down during the tournament and this will help the spinners. In such a situation, the off-spinner team can come in handy. Washington is pretty injured, with Ashwin joining the team in his place could prove to be a trump card for the team in the tournament. He has experience playing in the UAE. For this reason, after much discussion, he was included.
Ashwin’s excellent record in power play
Ashwin last played an international Twenty20 against the West Indies in July 2001. Since then, due to the technique of paying attention to the wrist spinners, he has been constantly neglected. But during this period he was effective in IPL. This can be inferred from his bowling in the powerplay. No spinner has taken more wickets than Ashwin’s wickets in the league’s powerplay since IPL 2020. This time, he ran at an economy rate of just 7.34. His record in T20 against left-arm bowlers is quite good.
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Ashwin is effective against left-arm batsmen
Since IPL 2020, this off-spinner has bowled 0 balls to the left-handers in powerplay and has run at an economic rate of just 7. of. His bowling average at this point was 26.33. Due to these qualities, Ashwin has got a place in the team of T20 World Cup. Ashwin could be used in a tournament against a team full of left-handed batsmen.
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Ashwin took 113 wickets in IPL 2020
Ashwin’s T20 record is very impressive. Ashwin has taken 52 wickets in T20I matches and the biggest thing is that his economy is running less than runs per over. He took 113 wickets in 15 matches in the IPL held in the UAE last year.
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