Last Update on: July 28th, 2020 at 10:18 am
India spin star Ravichandran Ashwin has expressed his disappointment over not getting regular chances in the playing XI in Tests. In overseas Tests, the off-spinner is now no more an automatic choice. He has missed seven out of India’s 15 overseas Tests starting from the tour of South Africa in 2018.
The Tamil Nadu ace was left out of the team in the third Test against South Africa on a seaming track, while injury sidelined him for the last Test in England as well the last three Test of the four-match series against Australia. Last year, he was dropped from the playing XI for both the Tests in West Indies while earlier this year, he was dropped from the playing XI for the second Test in New Zealand.
And as he is finding it tough to get regular chances in the team, Ravichandran Ashwin has opened up on he feels over the same. He cited the example of England veteran Stuart Broad to state that he is not treated well by the team-management.
“One feels dejected and disappointed when dropped. But that is how sport is. This happens. Take the recent example of Stuart Broad. He was dropped from the first Test against the West Indies and ended up making a great comeback in the next game. I too have swung between those extremes. Either I take five-wicket hauls or I get dropped. I just don’t let the negativity get to me,” he told Hindustan Times.
The curious case of Ravichandran Ashwin:
Ravichandra Ashwin has arguably been India’s greatest match-winner since the retirement of the legendary Anil Kumble. With 365 wickets, he is India’s fourth-most prolific bowler in Test history. He has picked those staggering number of wickets in just 71 games.
But while he has been almost unplayable at home, he has struggled to deliver in overseas conditions. Ravichandran Ashwin’s average of 42.76 in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) is well below his career average of 25.43.