I don’t see Ravi Ashwin playing the T20 World Cup: Parthiv Patel

I don’t see Ravi Ashwin playing the T20 World Cup: Parthiv Patel

Kuldeep Yadav was benched despite India playing with three spin options.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India celebrates the wicket
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Rajasthan Royals)

Ravichandran Ashwin was excellent on his return to international cricket against West Indies in the first T20I match on Friday. He scored 13* runs off ten balls to form an unbeaten 52-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik to guide India to 190/6 while batting first. Ashwin also shined with the ball by taking two big wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer and conceded just 22 runs in his four-over spell.

Ashwin was a surprise inclusion in the team as Indian skipper Rohit Sharma played with three spin options. Ravindra Jadeja and youngster Ravi Bishnoi also started the game and played a big part in India’s win. But the former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel believes that the veteran spinner will not be part of the next game if India play with two spin bowlers. He also stated that he doesn’t see Ashwin playing in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I see Bishnoi playing ahead of Ashwin in the next game (if India decide to go with two spinners). I don’t see Ashwin playing the T20 World Cup, to be honest. I would want variety in Kuldeep Yadav, Bishnoi, and (Yuzvendra) Chahal. Wrist spinners give that attacking option in between. Ashwin doesn’t give you that,” Parthiv Patel told Cricbuzz.

He (Rohit) made sure the spinners bowled at different times: Parthiv Patel

Key Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been given a rest for this five-match T20I series. Kuldeep Yadav is included in the squad but was benched for the first match even with India playing with three spinners. Ashwin will find it difficult to compete when Chahal returns to the squad for the future series and the Indian management is likely to play with just two spinners in Australia. Parthiv praised Rohit’s decision to play with three spinners and how he rotated all spin bowlers from the beginning.

“Even in India, you don’t see three spinners playing in a T20 or a one-day game. Tactically, India have been brilliant throughout this tour. Even in the last ODI, when they came in to bat after rain, they thought (more) rain would come, and they played like that. Today also, tactically playing three spinners.”

“He (Rohit) made sure the spinners bowled at different times. We saw Ravi Bishnoi bowling four overs together at the death. Ashwin and Jadeja bowled in the first six overs. Usually, we see Ashwin bowling with the new ball, but not Jadeja. But we saw Jadeja bowl because of two right-handed match-ups. Rohit was on top of his game,” Parthiv added.