Team In the captain Virat Kohli did not include the spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in its eleventh match for the fourth consecutive time in the continuous Test series against England.
Kohli has almost nothing to do as he picks up the pace after injuries to Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. But there was a need to choose one between the global Test bowler, Ashwin, and the versatile player Ravindra Jadeja.
While including Jadeja in the last XI, Kohli said: “It’s also something we thought was a good match for Jadeja, because mostly all our sailors bowl over the wicket. It is also a nice place for the left-handed.
“I think according to the matches it fits perfectly for our team – plus the balance he currently gives us with the bat as well,” adds Kohli to the toss for the fourth Test.
However, this reasoning was not accepted by many, as Ashwin fired most left-handers in Test cricket.
In fact, Ashwin is the only bowler in Test history to have sacked 200-plus left-handed batsmen in the format.
Former English cricketer Nick Compton He said no words that Virat had ‘personal problems’ with Ashwin, and the latter was set up for successive matches.
‘Can someone please explain how Kohli’s obvious personal problems with Ashwin can obscure a clear selection problem? #india, “ Compton tweeted.
Can someone please explain how Kohli’s obvious personal problems with Ashwin can obscure a clear selection problem? #india
– Nick Compton (@thecompdog) 2 September 2021
Meanwhile, the former captain of England was Michael Vaughan was upset on Twitter. ‘The non-selection of ashwinravi99 should be the biggest NON choice we’ve ever seen in four Tests in the UK !!! 413 test wickets and 5 test 100s !!!! Madness, ” wrote Vaughan.
– Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 2 September 2021
In the last two years before the English series, Jadeja took 29 wickets in 13 Tests at a pass rate of 69, while Ashwin took 71 wickets in 14 Tests with a much better pass rate of 46. There is almost no doubt that Jadeja as batsman has improved over the past year, but as a bowler he has faded in the same time.