Aakash Chopra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Ashwin
Aakash Chopra doesn't see Ravi Ashwin getting a spot in India's playing XI in the 3rd test vs England. (Photo: Twitter)

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India lost the Test series to South Africa 1-2 after the hosts won the Cape Town Test by seven wickets on Friday.

South Africa’s middle-order was solid with their batting as they displayed intent and character to chase the score of 212 and win by seven wickets.

South Africa’s victory in Cape Town not just helped them to maintain their cent percent win record against India at Newlands but also crushed the hopes of Virat Kohli & co to win their first Test series in the Rainbow Nation.

The victorious South African team poses with the Freedom Trophy, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images
The victorious South African team poses with the Freedom Trophy, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022, © Getty Images

Ravichandran Ashwin scored 89 runs and claimed three wickets across three Tests

Tamil Nadu all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin could just manage to pick three wickets from as many games on surfaces that extracted bounce and movement for pace bowlers.

Ashwin’s tally of wickets was better than his South African counterpart Keshav Maharaj, who got just one wicket in the three-match series.

However, Ashwin made a crucial contribution of 46 runs in the first innings at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg where barring KL Rahul, Indian batters struggled to fetch a substantial score.

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Ravichandran Ashwin
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Aakash Chopra mentions what was missing from Ravichandran Ashwin in South Africa Tests

Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra wasn’t pleased with Ashwin’s performance in the series. Chopra said that the Tamil Nadu player didn’t make the best use of his opportunity in Ravindra Jadeja’s absence.

Ravichandran Ashwin – there were a lot of expectations from him. In my opinion, Ashwin not taking wickets, especially in the fourth innings, I think that’s been a let-down for sure,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel. 

“Jadeja was not there, so he was certain to play. He will have to bat at No. 7, so there will be expectations of runs, he played one good knock as well, and made 46 runs. But other than that, did he score runs every time – no, will he score runs every time – no.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Then you will have to pick up wickets because that was the fight between Jadeja and Ashwin. If you have to decide based on batting, then play Jaddu. If you have to decide based on bowling, their performances have been at par,” he added. 

Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur in November.

The Indian all-rounder was undergoing his rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru along with limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma.

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