There have been a few voices about the playing order of the Indian team before the England Vs India test series. Ashwin’s exclusion has raised eyebrows just like all the other times. Usually, the best players have a guaranteed place in the team. But for Ashwin, the norm has always differed.
Virat Kohli spoke about a new template that does not doubt that Ashwin is most likely to be dropped. He might be the best spinner in the world at the moment. But he is highly unlikely to be an automatic choice in the playing eleven. Kohli has pointed out that adaptability has been the strength of the team. He has been in favour of the template that the team management has decided. Shardul Thakur’s injury opened up possibilities for R Ashwin to be included in the team.
Ashwin may not have been playing well outside the home. He may not have been picking up many wickets. But his presence is still felt. However, the possibility of Ashwin lasting in a full series of red ball matches brings some scepticism. The fitness record of Ashwin also speaks against him. In the last England vs India test series, Ashwin began well, but the progress halted after a few matches. Ashwin is indisputably one of the best all-rounders of team India. But he has to prove his worth more often.