New Delhi: Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made it to India’s T20 World Cup squad despite not playing much T20 cricket of late. Ashwin has played just five T20Is this year, including two games in the Asia Cup.
While many doubted if the 35-year-old will make it to the World Cup squad, especially with Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel almost certain to get a spot. But captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid wanted the experienced spinner in the team.
As per reports, the selectors wanted to pick Mohammed Shami over Ashwin, but the coach and captain went for Ashwin. The spinner will next be seen in the T20I series against Australia and South Africa before the main event in Australia. However, he might not be the first-choice spinner, with Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel likely to get the first shot in the playing 11.
Now, a video of R Ashwin is going viral on social media where Ashwin can be seen bowling to street cricketers.
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Ashwin was bowling to some fans in Chennai today!
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Ashwin made a name for himself as a T20 specialist. It was his stellar stats in the game that helped him earn his first Test cap in 2011. Over the next few years, Ashwin became India’s primary spinner across all formats but soon lost his place to Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in T20 and ODI cricket.
In the last couple of years, Ashwin has been in and out of the team, his performances have not been consistent as well. Yet, Ashwin is one of the best players to represent the country.
Ashwin has taken 442 wickets in Tests in 86 matches, 151 wickets in ODIs in 131 matches, and 66 wickets in 56 T20I games. He has a stellar IPL record as well, accounting for 157 wickets in 154 matches.