Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir feels that it is “unfortunate” for Ravichandran Ashwin not to be in India’s scheme of things in the limited-overs format.
The veteran off-spinner was last seen in a blue jersey during the one-off T20I match against West Indies in July 2017. Although, his brilliant performances with both and ball in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy and in the first two Tests against England have rekindled hopes of him being seen in the white-ball setup, yet again.
Gambhir has said that Ashwin’s continued absence from India’s limited-overs squads is not suitable, considering his outstanding record in Test cricket.
Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, the 39-year-old said, “Someone who is coming close to taking 400 wickets and the same time getting five Test hundreds and still not being part of the white-ball scheme of things is very unfortunate. He is just a class act.”
Lauding Ashwin’s incredible cricketing career and his match-winning performances, Gambhir added, “The amount of cricket he has played and the longevity he has played with and still the kind of impact he has had, it is just unbelievable.”
A few days back, when the former skipper, Sunil Gavaskar, was asked if the 34-year-old bowler can return to India’s limited-overs setup, he claimed that Ashwin doesn’t “fit” into the teams for shorter formats.
“I don’t think he will fit into the squad at the moment and therefore, he will be a Test match player for the next half a dozen years at least,” the former India skipper told Star Sports.