Former India batsman VVS Laxman was not happy with Virat and Shastri’s decision to leave out R Ashwin from the second Test as well. The team management once again selected Ravindra Jadeja who went wicketless in the first Test of the series.
Laxman said it is difficult to understand how Ashwin has lost his place despite being the first-choice spinner in the WTC final last month.
“Ishant Sharma walks into the team if he is a 100% fit, maybe in place of Mohammed Siraj. I’m not able to comprehend what changed from WTC finals when was your first-choice spinner and suddenly in a matter of a month, he’s not even finding a place in the XI,” Laxman told ESPNCricinfo.
Meanwhile, India decided to stick with the formula of four fast bowlers. “I always believe, four fast bowlers are a luxury irrespective of the conditions you are playing in. India have got three quality fast bowlers, whether one of them is Siraj or Ishant, it doesn’t matter. Both of them have got the ability to bowl long spells,” Laxman said.
“Ashwin adds variety to that bowling attack and he’s got an abundance of experience. I’m not able to comprehend the reasoning behind this decision but I think it’s pretty clear after listening to Kohli in the press conferences in Nottingham and also here that he wants to continue with this template.
“I think Ashwin will have to wait. Yes, it’s overcast now but it’s not going to remain the same in all five days. So if Ashwin is not playing in these conditions, I don’t see him getting into the XI as I don’t believe Kohli will change this template soon,” Laxman added.