Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could reportedly return to India’s limited overs squad for the upcoming tour of Australia. An integral part of the Test side, Ravichandran Ashwin has completely fallen down the pecking order in the ODI and T20I teams.
His last appearance in ODI and T20Is came more than three years back in the West Indies. Following his and Ravindra Jadeja’s indifferent displays during the 2017 Champions Trophy and the tour of West Indies, the selectors had dropped the duo while giving chance to Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Chahal and Kuldeep soon formed a potent partnership and are now an integral part of the limited-overs squads. Jadeja, nonetheless, finally earned a recall in 2018 and was also a part of the 2019 World Cup. Ravichandran Ashwin, however, is yet to get a recall.
But the Tamil Nadu ace is now looking set to finally get the much-awaited recall. According to The Telegraph, the spinner’s name was discussed during an informal discussion ahead of the team selection. His name has started doing the rounds after his impressive display in the ongoing IPL in the UAE.
Following Tuesday’s match against Kings XI Punjab, Ravichandran Ashwin has eight wickets in eight matches with an economy of 7.11, the second best among the Delhi Capitals bowlers. With Kuldeep not looking at his best in recent times, Ashwin’s chances have brightened up.
“Since a large contingent, comprising players of all three formats, will be departing from the UAE together, it would be prudent to try out Ashwin, at least in the ODIs. He has proven his credentials and I don’t think it’s fair to keep him out,” a source in the know of things told the news outlet. “He has the experience and will come in handy with his variations on Australian wickets.”
The report further stated that not many surprises are expected in the squads for the limited overs versions and the Tests. Despite some impressive performances by some of the youngsters in the IPL, the selectors are not keen to try out new faces because of the vastly different conditions.
“We have a system in place where the youngsters have to come through the A tours. Players like Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna or Sanju Samson will have to follow that process before staking their claim for the senior side,” the source said.