2011 World Cup winner and former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has stated that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shouldn’t be considered for India’s white-ball formats going ahead although the 37-year-old is a class apart.
The Tamil Nadu off-spinner played in the last three ICC white ball tournaments for the national side but his addition to the team was also criticized in the cricketing circuit. The former left-hander thinks that Ashwin should only be a part of the test side as he doesn’t add enough value in the white-ball format as a batter as well as on the field.
Yuvraj said “Ashwin is a brilliant bowler but he shouldn’t be a part of the ODI as well as the T20I side. He is valuable with the bat as well as the ball but he doesn’t add any value as a fielder. He further added that Ashwin should be a part of the test team but he doesn’t deserve a place in white ball format”.
Rise of Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav
Team India witnessed the arrival of leg spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Keeping Ashwin’s age in mind, the off-spinner had to compete with these young spinners who were much fitter and agile on the field.
Ravindra Jadeja is another option where India has a handy all-rounder. The 35-year-old is also an outstanding fielder. Axar Patel is another handy option as an all-rounder and has showcased his swiftness as a fielder.
Ashwin was included in the T20I World Cup team in Australia but was dropped from the T20I World Cup team in UAE. He played in 6 games during the 2022 T20I World Cup in Australia and many said that the off-spinner was given enough opportunities in the shorter format.
The 37-year-old off-spinner is a class act when it comes to his variety but for the limited overs format as well as the T20 format a player needs to show agility on the field which is one of the important aspects and Ashwin’s fitness seems to be lacking in that area.