Former Indian spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan felt very sorry for India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to be left out of the playing XI against England despite being in good form. Virat Kohli opted for a combination of four fast bowlers and one spin all-rounder in the first Test against England and it has paid off really well so far.
In a way, it has resulted in India leaving out the World No.2 bowler from the playing XI as English conditions weren’t ideal for two spinners in the playing XI. With Jadeja offering more with bat and in the field, it was an automatic choice for India to go in with the left-hander. India produced a stunning effort at the Lord’s and has gone 1-0 up in the series already.
“Being Left Out Of The Side Is A Hard Thing To Digest” – Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan felt hard for his state’s men Ashwin being left out of the playing XI and mentioned that it is very tough to take for any player. But was confident that Ashwin will take it in the right way and work accordingly. Ashwin is a match-winner with the ball and has gone on to pick up more than 400 wickets in Tests already.
“I feel really sorry for Ashwin because being in that position and being left out of the side is a hard thing to digest. But I think he’s taking it pretty well, and also in a way he’s not being played in England and over bowled.
“Getting wickets in Test match cricket is totally different. It’s like Ranji Trophy and Test match cricket if you compare County and Test cricket. And I’m sure Ashwin with his intelligence will understand what he needs to do to get into the team,” Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said on Sony Network.
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan Believes Ashwin Will Make A Comeback Soon
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan felt that there is a lot of cricket still be to be played in India where Ashwin will be a nightmare for the opponent batsmen. He added that Ashwin will come into the XI when they have the choice of playing two spinners in the side.
“There’s plenty of cricket coming ahead. Even in India, we’re going to be playing a lot of matches. So I think Ashwin would be a definite part of the team once they decide to go in with two spinners,” he added.
R Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker in the home series against England this year in February.