Senior turner Ravichandran Ashwin made a return to India’s white ball kit after four years as he was included in the recording 15-team for the upcoming T20 World Cup announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday (September 08).
With Ravindra Jadeja as a sure choice, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy and Axar Patel was also selected in the group, apart from Ashwin for the worldwide showpiece.
The 34-year-old last played cricket for India in 2017 before being sidelined. However, he kept the momentum going by constantly putting his power in the Indian Premier League (IPL) also for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket.
About the team selection, the former cricketer in India and currently the chief selector Chetan Sharma reveals the real reason that led to Ashwin being included in the outfit. Sharma calls Ashwin an ‘acquisition’ and states that his performance in the cash-rich league attracts his choice in the final team.
The 55-year-old believes the wickets are going to be slow in the Gulf country, and with the second half of IPL being played there, Ashwin is becoming a major player in India. Injury to Washington Sundar also went in Ashwin’s favor, as explained by Sharma.
‘Ravichandran Ashwin is an advantage that he played regularly in the IPL. He performed well there. “The wickets will probably be low and slow, as the last half of the IPL will be played in the UAE, and that will help the spinners.” says Sharma in a virtual press.
‘If you’re going to the World Cup, you need a spinner. Spinners will get help, so if you have a spinner, you need to keep the key. Washington Sundar was injured. He performed well in the IPL, so he found a place for himself in the team, “ he added.