Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has made an interesting comment, stating that he would prefer Ravichandran Ashwin over Kuldeep Yadav in India’s playing XI during the upcoming World Cup. Kuldeep has been brilliant for India in ODIs this year. In fact, he is the leading Indian wicket-taker in 2023, with 33 scalps. The left-arm wrist-spinner was also the Player of the Match in the Asia Cup that India won.
Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has admitted that the upcoming ODI World Cup could be his last for India. The 37-year-old was not part of India’s initial World Cup 2023 squad. However, he was a last-minute addition, replacing all-rounder Axar Patel, after the latter failed to recover from his left quadriceps strain that he picked up during the World Cup.
Senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been handed an ODI comeback for the upcoming three-match home series against Australia, which will be played from September 22 to 27. Ashwin’s comeback was necessitated in the wake of an injury to left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who missed the Asia Cup final and won’t feature in the first two ODIs against Australia. His selection for the third ODI will be subject to fitness.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has defended the team’s bowlers, who went for plenty of runs in recent T20I matches. The Men in Blue beat Australia as well as South Africa at home in consecutive series by 2-1 margins. However, India’s bowlers were very expensive not just at home, but even in the preceding Asia Cup in the UAE.
Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that stand-in captain KL Rahul has figured out a formula to succeed in Test cricket. Rahul has been India’s most competent batter during the ongoing Test series in South Africa. The opener registered scores of 123 and 23 in India’s maiden Test win in Centurion. He also top-scored for the visitors with 50 in the first innings of the second Test at The Wanderers.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has stated that he doesn’t have any regrets over terming Kuldeep Yadav India’s No. 1 overseas spinner in 2019. Recently, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had stated in an interview to The Cricket Monthly that he felt crushed after hearing Shastri’s statement on Kuldeep. The left-arm spinner had claimed a five-for in the Sydney Test of 2019 while Ashwin was ruled out with an injury.
Team India pacer Mohammed Shami refused to comment too much on off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s non-inclusion for the third India-England Test at Headingley. Ashwin was not picked in the playing XI for the first two Tests as well.
With less than two weeks to go for the World Test Championship Final, cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the summit clash between the top two ranked sides. Senior players like Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, who only play test match cricket, have compared the WTC Final to be an equivalent of a World Cup Final. No doubt players from both the sides will look to give their 100 percent when they take the field. For now, we’ll have a look at a few of the match ups that we can expect from the match -
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has defended his comment about Ravichandran Ashwin not being an all-time great according to him. Manjrekar was trolled on social media for his recent observation that, while Ravichandran Ashwin is a good bowler, he cannot be placed in the category of all-time great.