I don’t see Ashwin, Jadeja featuring in 2019 World Cup, says Atul Wassan

Ashwin and Jadeja are out of India's limited-overs setup for some time now.

Ashwin and Jadeja haven't played an ODI for India since last 7 months | AFP

India’s wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become the architects of India’s awe-inspiring show in ODI cricket of late. The Men in Blue have lost just 5 ODIs in their last 25 one-day internationals since last year's Champions Trophy and both the spinners have played an instrumental role in it.

Seeing Kuldeep and Chahal’s recent bowling prowess in South Africa, former India pacer Atul Wassan has said that the chance of Ravichandran Ashwin and  Ravindra Jadeja's comeback in colored clothing is almost finished now.

"Well people might say diplomatically they have a chance, but I don't see any chance unless one of Kuldeep or Chahal gets injured," Wassan said according to IANS.

Atul Wassan, the chief selector of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), wants the Indian management to let the spin twin play around 50 matches in different conditions prior to 2019 World Cup.

"The credit should go to the team management and Virat for backing India's core strength - spin bowling in alien conditions. And here we have two wrist spinners who have delivered pretty well," Wassan said.

"I think the management should now let these two play 50-60 games in different conditions before taking them to the World Cup. They have a big heart and aren't afraid to flight the ball despite being belted for runs in the fourth game," he elaborated.

Kuldeep and Chahal have taken 30 wickets out of the 54 wickets that had fallen in the five ODIs against South Africa thus far. Owing to their stellar show, India have now taken an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match ODI series.

After the third ODI in Cape Town, India skipper Virat Kohli had said that both the wrist spinners will be crucial for the next year’s World Cup in England.

“They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game. But there is no problem in that because you know that if they bowl attacking lines then they will end up picking 2-3 wickets every game. We are going to play the World Cup away from home, that I think is going to be the massive factor for us,” Kohli had said.


By Salman Anjum - 15 Feb, 2018

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