The national selectors were brought under the scanner over their selection policy. They once again ignored Suryakumar Yadav while picking the squad. There were some voices also raised in Ravichandran Ashwin’s support. Mohammad Kaif has now taken a hotshot on the national selectors by saying that the veteran off-spinner can still contribute with the ball for the national side in T20I and ODI.
The 34-year-old played his last game in blue jersey back in 2017. He along with Ravindra Jadeja was dropped from the team as per the rotation policy to manage workload. But, since then Ashwin has been constantly ignored by the selectors. He has constantly done well in the Indian Premier League. In the recently concluded edition, he did remarkably well for his side. He grabbed 13 wickets at a low economy of 7.66. However, it was not enough to impress the Indian selectors.
Mohammad Kaif Opines On R Ashwin Is Still A Hit In Limited-Over Format
Mohammad Kaif, who was the fielding coach of Delhi Capitals, has shared a list of Ashwin’s wickets in the recently concluded IPL 2020. And, feels that the off-spinner can prove to be an added weapon in Team India’s line-up in T20Is and ODIs. He took to his official Twitter handle and shared a post that read, “Virat, Rohit, Pollard, Gayle, Warner, QDK, Karun, Buttler, Smith, Paddikal, Pooran. Read and re-read @ashwinravi99’s list of big scalps from IPL 13, mostly in power plays. Feel Ash can still be a valuable asset for India in T20Is.”
Ashwin is a regular face in the longer format. He has done constantly well in Tests for Team India and his stats are quite impressive. But, it seems to be a perfect time to hand over an opportunity to Ravi Ashwin in the limited-over format as their main spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been struggling with poor form for a long. And, Ashwin will surely form a deadly combination with leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.