Ravichandran Ashwin failed to make the cut in the first two Test matches against England as Ravindra Jadeja was preferred over him. This was enough to surprise former cricketers and fans.
The off-spinner has now opened up on his exclusion from the playing XI. In his YouTube show, ‘Kutti Story’, with fielding coach R Sridhar, Ashwin stated that he was on the verge of playing in the second Test match.
The weather was warm ahead of the match and he was asked to get ready. However, once it rained in the morning, the team decided to go with four pacers.
“The funny thing was, before the match, they were like, ‘There’s a heatwave. You please be ready mate. You might play.’ Upon coming to breakfast in the morning, rains started lashing out. I asked, ‘Won’t you tell about heatwave after it came? Why gave me hope only for it to end in disappointment,” said Ashwin.
Ashwin is currently the number 2 ranked ICC Test bowler and has been a top performer for India. He took 32 wickets and scored a ton on a challenging track in Chennai against England.