IND v ENG 2021: "Unfortunate Ashwin is not a part of India's white-ball scheme," says Gautam Gambhir

Ashwin last played a white-ball match for India in 2017.

R Ashwin celebrating his 5th Test century | BCCI

India's R Ashwin is certainly on his way to becoming an all-time great given his 390 plus Test wickets and 5 centuries in the format.

His former teammate Gautam Gambhir has called him a 'class act' and believes that it is unfortunate that the cricketer is not in Team India's white-ball scheme of things.

Gambhir is in awe of Ravichandran Ashwin, who has managed to grow into a quality cricketer and has returned with success as a bowler despite bowling for a lot of years. He has 394 wickets including 29 five-wicket hauls and 5 centuries with the bat at the Test level is something unbelievable according to the Delhi southpaw.

Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, "Someone who is coming close to taking 400 wickets and the same time getting five Test hundreds and still not being part of the white-ball scheme of things is very unfortunate. He is just a class act."

"He is just a quality bowler and his subtle variations. The amount of cricket he has played and the longevity he has played with and still the kind of impact he has had, it is just unbelievable," he added.

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Gambhir's former India and Delhi teammate Ashish Nehra was happy with the spinner's impact on home conditions. He also believes that Ashwin is a good student of the game and has worked hard on his fitness to bowl longer spells.

Nehra said, "This is not the first time that Ravichandran Ashwin has made such a big impact when you are playing at home. When you talk about how he is so different, the first thing of course he has so much experience and so much confidence when you are playing at home, when he knows these wickets are going to be helpful to him."

"He is a good student of the game. We have always seen that he wants to learn. There were some fitness problems with him. We heard coach Ravi Shastri say that he is working hard on his fitness, so he can bowl long spells and he enjoys bowling long spells," he added.


By Sameer Deodhar - 23 Feb, 2021

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