Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar strongly believes that Ravichandran Ashwin should be recalled into India’s white-ball set-up after the recent disappointing performances of other spinners in the T20Is and ODIs against England.
R Ashwin, who has been in outstanding form in Test cricket, has not played a white-ball game for India since July 2017. However, Dilip Vengsarkar says that he was a selector now he would definitely bring back the off-spinner based on his experience and sublime recent form.
“If I were the chief selector (now), I would have brought Ashwin back (to the white ball set-up). Why not? Because he is such an experienced bowler and he has variety. As they say, spinners mature late and he has done so well over the years. He is in terrific form in red ball cricket. I think it will suit the team if he is brought back,” Dilip Vengsarkar told The Sunday Express.
Washington Sundar is no match if you compare him with Ashwin purely as a bowler: Dilip Vengsarkar
Ahead of the T20I series against England captain, Virat Kohli made it clear the Washington Sundar if been preferred over R Ashwin, and two players with ‘same discipline’ cannot fit into the same eleven.
Dilip Vengsarkar, who has held the office of the chief selector, doesn’t concur with the thoughts of Kohli. He opines that Ashwin is a much better bowler than Sundar and that two players with the same features have played together earlier as well. Ashwin will soon be seen in action for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2021.
“Washington Sundar is no match if you compare him with Ashwin purely as a bowler. Where is the comparison? Players of “the same discipline”, however, have featured in the Indian squad before the Ravindra Jadeja-Axar Patel combo was a case in point. So why not Washington and Ashwin?
“Yeah, absolutely. In the ODIs, when the spinners bowl, their job is to get wickets in the middle overs. If they fail to get wickets, then the opposition can score a huge total, with wickets in hand. So basically Ashwin’s job will be to get wickets and he is good at that. The variety he has, he would be a very good attacking option and very few can match his variety. As far as spinners are concerned, you don’t contain the batsmen (in this format), especially in the middle overs,” the former batsman asserted.