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Last Update on: September 21st, 2023 at 10:35 am

Former Indian spinner Amit Mishra discussed the selection of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for the three-match ODI series against Australia. Amit Mishra emphasized Ravichandran Ashwin’s potential inclusion in the squad as a backup option for the ODI World Cup 2023.

Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Washington Sundar have been named as spin bowling options in the squad for the upcoming ODI series. Kuldeep Yadav has been rested for the first two games, while Axar Patel is unavailable for selection due to a left quadriceps strain.

Ravichandran Ashwin Is A Wicket-Taker – Amit Mishra

In a discussion about team selection on Jio Cinema, Amit Mishra mentioned that Ravichandran Ashwin was recalled to the team because of his wicket-taking ability. Mishra said that Ashwin can provide off-spin variation to the squad.

“Ashwin is undoubtedly a quality bowler and a wicket-taker, but remember this is not a 20-over game. It is of 50 overs. The only reason he has been picked is because if a spinner gets injured, then the team needs to have a wicket-taking option, which Ashwin brings.

“Ashwin has got an edge as an off-spin option, as India already has two left-arm spinners and a wrist-spinner in Kuldeep Yadav,” Mishra told Jio Cinema.

Axar Patel sustained injuries during his last Super Four match against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2023. The selectors included spin-bowling all-rounders Ashwin and Washington Sundar in the squad for the Australia series.

He Is Not In The Team Because Of His Fielding – Amit Mishra

rate grammar: The veteran leg spinner said that Ashwin was not part of the ODI setup primarily due to his fielding skills. Mishra stated that Washington Sundar will have an edge over Ashwin in selection for playing XI, considering his young age.

“Indian team will be looking at how Ashwin will be bowling against Australia, and to assess if he still has the wicket-taking abilities in this format. The only reason why he is not in the team is because of his fielding and right-handed batting ability.”

“Jadeja and Axar are both lefties. Washington is a young player and has shown wicket-taking abilities apart from being a batting option. Plus, he provides an advantage with his fielding, something which holds importance in ODIs,” he concluded.

The Men in Blue will take on Pat Cummins in the first ODI match at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday, September 22.

Also read: “Ravichandran Ashwin Will Prove Deadly Against The Left-Handers” – MSK Prasad Hopes Veteran Spinner To Be Included In World Cup Squad

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