Rohit Sharma having a chat with R Ashwin throughout Day 1’s play on the WTC closing.© Twitter
For World Check Championship closing, India disregarded Ravichandran Ashwin from their facet on Wednesday as skipper Rohit Sharma received the toss and elected to discipline in opposition to Australia on the Oval. Off-spinner Ashwin is the world’s top-ranked Check bowler, however with overcast situations and a green-tinged pitch promising to help the quicks, India opted for an assault of 4 seamers and spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
An analogous mixture helped India defeat England by 157 runs once they final performed a Check on the Oval in 2021, when Ashwin was additionally omitted.
Nevertheless, a number of former gamers felt in a different way.
“No @ashwinravi99 for #India is a big mistake .. !! #WTC2023” former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 7, 2023
“See it’s an afterthought. And I don’t believe in afterthoughts. As a captain, you take a decision before the toss and India had decided that they would go in with 4 fast bowlers. Having said that, in the last couple of years they have had success in the last couple of years with 4 pacers. They’ve won Test matches but if you ask me… if I was captaining – and every captain is different – Rohit and I think differently. I would find it very hard to keep a spinner out of Ashwin’s quality out of the XI,” former India captain Sourav Ganguly stated on Star sports activities on the lunch break.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting additionally gave his tackle the problem. “Now that they have won the toss and bowled, they want to do some damage with the new ball. Because as this game goes on, I think it will turn and they would’ve wanted Ashwin to spin the ball away from the Australian left-handers, and he’s not there,” Ponting instructed Channel 7.
With AFP inputs
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