Ravichandran Ashwin, stepping in for the injured Axar Patel in India’s Cricket World Cup 2023 squad, marked a remarkable return to the team during the ODI series against Australia. He is all set to join the spin trio alongside Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.
Notably, a snapshot of Ashwin practicing the reverse sweep in the nets became the source of amusement on social media, sparking a meme fest among users.
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Ashwin’s versatility extends beyond his bowling skills; his batting prowess is expected to be a crucial asset for India. As part of a formidable middle order, the team hopes he will contribute vital runs during the tournament.
The Indian cricket team, now in Thiruvananthapuram for a warm-up fixture against the Netherlands, received a warm welcome from fans chanting ‘India, India’ as they exited the terminal. Despite the rain washing out India’s first warm-up game against England in Guwahati, they will have another chance to fine-tune their playing XI in the match against the Netherlands scheduled for Tuesday.
India boasts an almost complete lineup with the return of key players like KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Jasprit Bumrah, who have successfully recovered from long-term injuries. Rahul marked his comeback with a stunning century in the Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan. Iyer, in the second ODI against Australia, also showcased his form with a century. Bumrah, known for his lethal bowling, demonstrated a return to peak form during the Asia Cup Super Fours against Pakistan.
The team, having experienced players back in action, appears well-prepared for the World Cup, commencing on October 8 against Australia in Chennai. The fans are eagerly anticipating a stellar performance from the Men in Blue as they embark on their World Cup journey.