Former Indian middle-class batsman VVS Laxman strongly supported the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin for the second Test against England with the Lord. India forgot the experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from Game XI, naming four spinners and Ravindra Jadeja. But VVS Laxman underlined that he would let Shardul Thakur out and take Ashwin.
While Ravichandran Ashwin remains a very threatening prospect at home, the 34-year-old overseas was equally good. Ashwin played a crucial role in India’s victory in the Test series in Australia, followed by the man of the series, when England visited the subcontinent earlier this year. He caught more than 20 wickets in four Tests and scored a century when the hosts won the series 3-1.
However, Shardul Thakur made significant strikes in both innings in the first Test at Nottingham; However, VVS Laxman hopes that Ravichandran Ashwin will play at Lord’s. The 47-year-old feels that Ashwin can perform in any condition and emphasizes that a bowler with more than 400 Test wickets can perform anywhere. Laxman further said the 34-year-old adds variety and strengthens the bowling unit.
“I hope they will make the right call by taking Ashwin into the play -elf, because as I mentioned earlier, he is more than a capable bowler in any condition. Not only if the wicket only matches spin bowlers or if the weather is cloudy. He is a skilled bowler and has 400 plus test wickets, and for anyone with 400 scalp he knows how to adapt to different conditions. Thus, he will add variety and strengthen the bowling unit. ” Laxman told ESPN Cricinfo.
Ashwin gives Virat Kohli options, regardless of the conditions: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman further said that Ashwin will add variety to an already stronger bowling unit, with three high quality fast bowlers and a versatile player in Ravindra Jadeja. The veteran of 134 Tests conceded that he is not the spinner will give the captain options, regardless of the circumstances, and may also make a contribution with the bat. Therefore, he would choose Ashwin for Shardul Thakur.
‘You have three high quality fast bowlers, a versatile player in Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who can make a contribution. He has five Test hundreds, so he will add variety and options for Virat Kohli, regardless of the circumstances. “I would trade Shardul Thakur for Ravichandran Ashwin.” he added.