Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, the former India spinner, wants the team management and national selectors to consider R Ashwin for the upcoming T20 World Cup if he performs well in the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE.
Ashwin has been kept out of the national side despite his exceptional bowling in the best T20 league in the world. Over the years, Ashwin has improved his bowling in the shortest format of the game by adding a lot of variety.
Speaking to media ahead of India’s ODI series against Sri Lanka, Sivaramakrishnan deserves to play in the World Cup.
“Yes, he (Ravichandran Ashwin) is one of the outstanding bowlers we’ve had in the last few years. His experience will definitely help. He bowls very well to left-handers. He’s not a slouch on the field, he can field reasonably well and is a safe catcher. He has worked hard on his fielding and fitness. He should be considered in my opinion. If there are a lot of left-handers in the opposition, you want your best off-spinner to be bowling to them. If Ashwin has a good IPL in the UAE, he should be considered,” Sivaramakrishnan said.
“If he works hard and has a good IPL, he can have a good chance of a comeback,” Sivaramakrishnan added.
Ashwin is in England at the moment. The veteran will play in the upcoming five-match Test series against England.