Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman reckoned that R Ashwin should have played the Nottingham Test, taking into account his match-making abilities for India in the longer format. India have consistently won the match in the first Test against England and are on the verge of taking the lead early in the five-match Test series.
England posted 209 to chase down India in the fourth innings, thanks to Joe Root’s century that brought them to an honorable total Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the bowling attack for India. With nine wickets in hand on the final day and 157 to win, it could be an interesting chase for the Indian team.
Ashwin would have been more penetrating, VVS Laxman feels
VVS Laxman believes that Ashwin would have added wickets to his column by being much more penetrating and reveals that he would have chosen Ashwin in his game XI. He further added that Jadeja can fit the fifth bowler well with his defensive bowling style.
“When I come back to the selection of Ashwin, I feel like moving forward, even though rain is forecast, I will always support a match winner like Ashwin to make an impression and be resourceful, penetrating and in between to be wickets.
“What India requires are four attacking, wicket bowling options, and then Jadeja could be your fifth bowling option, which could limit the flow of runs,” said Laxman.
Ashwin would have created more chances, Reckons VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman mentioned that there was an offer for the spinners in the last part of the test, and wondered if Ashwin would have been very helpful in taking advantage of the conditions. He added that Ashwin would have been much more helpful in very difficult circumstances.
‘As the match progressed, we could see the wicket flatten and there was a small turn for Jadeja. If Ashwin had been there, he would have created more chances, and that would have been a different story in the middle overs, ‘he added.
Ashwin recently played a county game for Surrey against Somerset and picked up six wickets in a single innings in English conditions.