Former Indian stumper Parthiv Patel believes that veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin deserves a recall to the white-ball set-up give the way he has performed both in Test cricket as well as in the IPL.
The calls for the recall of Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian white-ball squad have grown after the off-spinner enjoyed a stupendous Test season during which he claimed as many as 44 wickets across seven Testa against Australia and England.
And, it intensified to the hilt following the struggle that the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav endured in the T20I and ODI series.
“According to me, he should definitely be given a chance because he has bowled very well in the IPL. It is not that he has perforwed well in Test cricket now or in recent times. He has been consistently performing well in Test cricket,” said Parthiv Patel on Star Sports.
Ashwin was dropped from the white-ball scheme of things in 2017 as India opted for the wrist-spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep. However, the duo has struggled to make any impact since the 2019 World Cup.
“When we lost the Champions Trophy final, it was decided to play Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal together as otherwise there is defensive bowling in the middle but now again neither Kuldeep nor Chahal is playing and also the other good Indian spinners,” observed Patel.
Patel further added that Ravichandran Ashwin’s potency with the ball has increased in white-ball cricket has increased since being dropped from the Indian team.
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 13 wickets for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 at an average of 30.07 and at an economy rate of 7.66
“The way Ashwin has bowled in the IPL for the Delhi Capitals, if you are not playing with Kuldeep and Chahal, I feel R Ashwin should be given a chance to play ODI cricket,” added Patel. It has certainly increased. The way he bowled for the Delhi Capitals, the wickets were not that helpful but still he deceived the batsmen in the air. The task Washington Sundar does for RCB, bowls with the new ball and later as well, R Ashwin can do all those things,” said Patel.