It is August and Ravichandran Ashwin is yet to play a single international game this year. The India off-spinner has already fallen down the pecking order in ODIs and T20Is and his Test career seems to be heading in the same direction. But while his axing from the limited-overs format could be justified to some extent, his treatment in the Tests is not at all justified.

It should be remembered that Ashwin is one of the India’s greatest match-winners in Tests. Ravichandran Ashwin holds the Indian record for Man-of-the-Series awards, and only six Indians have won more match awards than him. His overall record in Test cricket is also very impressive. In 65 Tests so far, he has 342 wickets at 25.43 and 2361 runs at 29.14. He is the fastest in the world to both 250 and 300 Test wickets.

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But his records made little difference as India once again benched him for the ongoing first Test against West Indies in Antigua. Instead of Ashwin, India went for Ravindra Jadeja, much to everyone’s surprise. Ashwin’s record against West Indies is truly remarkable.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Credits: Getty)

In the 2016 Test series over there, Ashwin picked up 17 wickets in four matches with one game almost washed out. He had picked up a 7-for in the very first Test of that series. He had also scored two centuries to bag the Man of the Series award. Overall, In 11 Tests against West Indies, Ashwin has taken 60 wickets at 21.85, and has scored four hundreds to give him an average of over 50.

No surprises then that cricketing world is finding it tough to deal with Ashwin’s exclusion. And now many think that there is a feud between Ashwin and Virat Kohli. Even former England opener Nick Compton feels that all is not well between Kohli and Ashwin. The reports of the feud between the two is nothing new and many think that it is the reason behind Ashwin’s axing.

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