Former India captain Kris Srikkanth called the selection of ace spinner R Ashwin in the Indian team for the ongoing T20I series against the West Indies ‘confusing’ for all. Ashwin was brought back into the Indian T20I setup after an 8-month gap.
Ashwin last played in the T20 World Cup 2021 as all-rounder Washington Sundar was injured, before making his comeback in the New Zealand series at home. But then he was dropped for the home series against South Africa and for the England T20Is but was brought back for the West Indies T20I series after an 8-month gap.
The move has in fact left former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth “totally confused” as he questioned the entire logic behind Ashwin's contention in the World Cup squad.
Srikkanth, speaking on Fan Code at the start of the third T20I, opined that Ashwin's selection has been completely confusing and that he shouldn’t make it into the final 15 for the T20 World Cup 2022. The former India opener chose Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja as his two first-choice spinners for the ICC event in Australia.
“It is a big question. Regarding Ashwin, I am totally confused. Why was he not dropped, then why was he not there, then why was he not play the T20 in England and then suddenly why is he in the T20s for the West Indies? It is confusing for all of us. Because your first spinner is Jadeja. Second is Chahal or Axar Patel or Ashwin or there will be a reserve spinner. Out of these four only two will go. Ideally...don't know Ashwin...may be because of his all-rounder capabilities. But my first option would be Chahal because he is the wrist spinner,” he explained.
Ashwin has picked 3 wickets in 3 matches thus far an economy of 6.66.