Premier India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, a member of the Delhi Capitals squad, is doubtful for the forthcoming fixture against his ex-team Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Ashwin picked up a shoulder injury in the inaugural match for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020. And as of now, he has not recovered from it.
Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif said that Ashwin has underwent a practice session on Thursday and the team is yet to take a call on his availability. Kaif also added that he has been kept under close supervision and Amit Mishra might replace him if he doesn’t recovers on time.
“Ashwin is going for practice today and we haven’t taken a call yet if he is going to be available or not for tomorrow’s game. We will see how the practice goes. We are monitoring him very closely. But yes, if he is not fit to play tomorrow, we have Amit Mishra who is very experienced player.
“He has been doing well in IPL. So yes that’s a plus point in this squad that we have got a replacement ready,” Mohammed Kaif, DC Capitals assistant coach, said in a video conference on Thursday.
Ashwin sustained the injury after picking up two wickets in an over. He had dived to save a shot off Glenn Maxwell and in the process injured his left shoulder after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder. Incidentally, Delhi Capitals also have another injury concern in form of senior India fast bowler Ishant Sharma.
Ashwin, however, continues to struggle to retain his position in the national team. He has been plying his trade regularly for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), IPL and Ranji trophy but in the limited-overs set-up the spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been preferred over him.
Even in the Tests, Ravichandran Ashwin played only one match in India’s tour to New Zealand, where he picked up three wickets but was overlooked for the succeeding games.