New Delhi. The most talked about off-spinner is Ravichandran Ashwin (R Ashwin) before the fourth Test (IND vs ENG Oval Test) between India and England at the Oval. Those who knew the Oval’s pitch mood were in favor of including Ashwin in Play-11 at any cost. But when Indian captain Virat Kohli announced Team India’s Play-11 after the toss, Ashwin’s name was not included again. He had to sit on the bench for the fourth consecutive Test. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was so outraged by the Indian team management’s decision that it was called madness. At the same time, Shane Warne also insisted on it.
Vaughan tweeted that 413 Test wickets and 5 centuries. Even then, not taking Ashwin, we have rarely seen such incidents in 4 Tests in England. It’s really crazy.
Warne told Sky Sports that keeping Ashwin out is the stubbornness of the Indian team management. He said that if you look at both teams, England looks more balanced. I would definitely include Ashwin in the playing-11. The fixed ball will rotate on the pitch of the oval. You don’t just pick the team for the first inning. It is certain that the ball will spin and then Ashwin has 5 centuries in Tests. In such a situation, you feed only one batsman of the team who knows how to bowl well.
Tharoor described the verdict as ‘will-death’
Like Vaughan and Warne, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was also angry when Ashwin did not get a chance at the Oval. He tweeted questions about the decision. He wrote that I could not believe that he had put Ashwin out again. That is also the most favorable wicket in England’s spin bowling. This team is incredible. You will choose your five best bowlers. In this, Ashwin has to be first or second. Keeping bowlers like him and Mohammad Shamir out of the Oval is like dying. Looks like you just want to lose.
Virat explained why Ashwin was dropped
After the toss, Kohli made a special argument to include Rabindra Jadeja in the playing-11 in place of Ashwin. He said England have left-arm left-arm batsmen. When he bowls on the wicket, there will be footmarks on the pitch and Jadeja will be able to use it better against England batsmen. Outside of that, Jadeja came in at No. 7 to make the team’s batting more balanced. However, experts do not see the merit in the Indian captain’s argument. Because Ashwin’s record in England as an all-rounder is no less than Jadeja’s. Nevertheless, the Indian team management is showing confidence in Jadeja.
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In England, Ashwin’s first-class average is equal to Jadeja’s
Ashwin has scored 141 runs in 2 innings of first-class cricket in England with 3 half-centuries at an average of half 2. At the same time, Jadeja has 566 runs in 19 innings at an average of 31.44. He has done 50 fifties. These figures prove that Ashwin can bat in England.
On the other hand, if we look at the record of these two England bowlers, Ashwin can in no way be said to be inferior to Jadeja. Ashwin has scored 232 runs in 6 Tests in England at an average of 25..7. At the same time, this off-spinner also took 14 wickets at an average of 32.92. His best performance was 4 for 62.
Jadeja, on the other hand, has scored 409 runs at an average of 29.21 in 9 Tests in England and has taken 18 wickets at an average of 48. That means his bowling average is not better than Ashwin’s.
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