The race to secure a spot in the squad for the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup is getting tighter. There is more than one contender for the majority of the positions in the Indian team.
The opening department has seen plenty of options, but another area where players are in abundance is the spin department.
The Men in Blue have Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin. Meanwhile, Ashwin’s selection has bothered a lot of veteran cricketers and one of them is the former chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth.
Srikkanth, who is associated with Fan Code, opined that Ashwin’s selection confuses him. He further opined Ashwin will not be a part of the 15-man squad for the global event in Australia.
Notably, Ashwin made his debut under Srikkanth’s tenure as the selection committee’s chairman. Over the years, Ashwin’s form has dipped in white-ball cricket, which resulted in his exclusion.
Srikkanth questioned the lack of clarity over Ashwin’s selection. He pointed out that he was picked for the T20I World Cup last year after a long gap and was then named in the squad for the New Zealand series. The 35-year-old was dropped from the team for eight months and selected again for the ongoing West Indies series.
He said, “I am confused regarding Ashwin. Why was he dropped for eight months if you had to pick him for the tour right before the World Cup? And if you had to pick him, then why drop him?”
He added, “It’s confusing because Ashwin is third or 4th in the pecking order for spinners in the team. Your first choice is Ravindra Jadeja, second Yuzvendra Chahal, then Axar Patel and then Ashwin.”
He concluded by mentioning that Chahal is his first option because he is a wrist spinner.