Senior In the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has now taken on the mask over the theories of his exclusion at Lord’s. What is interesting is that at one point the management thought about playing him in the second Test, but had to change his mind on the morning of the game.
It was a surprising move in Nottingham when Virat Kohli announced that Ravindra Jadeja is the only spinner in the eleven and that Shardul Thakur, captivating versatile player, is preferred over Ravichandran Ashwin. This, despite the Tamil Nadu spinner being against him in the WTC final New Zealand, especially in similar conditions, and then did well.
Shardul Thakur’s injury after the first Test ruled him out for the second Test; he made way for another pacer in Ishant Sharma, who missed the Nottingham Test due to injury.
Before the match they were like: ‘You might play’: Ravichandran Ashwin
In his YouTube program, ‘Kutti Story’, with field worker R Sridhar, Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that he will probably play at Lord’s because the weather was hot and conditions were dry in the days before the match.
However, it rained in the morning, and it became cloudy, prompting the Indian government to opt for four pacers again, at the expense of tail extension.
‘The funny thing was that they were before the game:’ There’s a heat wave. Please be ready mate. You might be playing. ‘At breakfast in the morning it started to rain. I asked, ‘Won’t you tell me about heatwave after it came? Why did I just give hope that it could end in disappointment! ‘,’ Ashwin said.
Ravichandran Ashwin is number 2 on the ICC Test bowler, fourth on the rankings, and has been in his form in the previous two series — in Australia, where he fired Steve Smith three times, and then at home against England, where he has Taken 32 wickets and scored a hundred on a difficult batting course in Chennai. However, the management remains skeptical about his bowling in English conditions and against right-handed batsmen, while there is no doubt that Jadeja is a better batsman than Ashwin.
India won the Lords Test by 151 runs when their bowlers bowled England out in the second innings within two sessions on day 5. They move to Headingley next week for the third Test.