Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could be picked for the fourth Test against England at Kennington Oval.
Ashwin was benched in all three Test matches with Ravindra Jadeja started ahead of the Tamil Nadu player as the frontline spinner in the team.
India lost the third Test to England
India lost the Headingley Test by an innings and 76 runs after a poor batting show in the first innings itself. Despite a promising comeback on Day 3, Indian batters faltered in the first session of the fourth day soon after Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were dismissed.
With this win, England have leveled the series 1-1 and the remaining two games will decide the fate of the series.
Aakash Chopra reminds Ravichandran Ashwin’s county experience in England
Last month Ashwin registered 6/27 for county club, Surrey, against Somerset at The Oval and Chopra feels that Ashwin will be effective on the flat pitch with his experience in the county cricket championship.
“About Ashwin, you are going to the Oval. The ball turns there and the pitch is a little flat. He played for Surrey as well and knows the pitch also, that is a definite consideration,” Chopra said on his YoutTube channel.
“But until you see the pitch, I don’t think you can have an answer, whether it is a four fast-bowler pitch or two spinners if they are going for five bowlers. If you are going to play four bowlers and want to play just the one spinner, then the question will be to go towards Jaddu or Ashwin,” he added.
Ashwin has 413 Test wickets since he made his debut in 2011 against West Indies and he is also the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test scalps in 54 matches.