Ravichandran Ashwin with 24 wickets so far in the three Tests is the highest wicket-taker in the series. He also went past 400 Test wickets in the last game and became the second quickest bowler to get there. Meanwhile, Brad Hogg has batted for the return of the Indian off-spinner to the ODI squad for the upcoming series against England. The squad for India’s five-match T20I series was announced on February 20 which saw Suryakumar Yadav and youngsters Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan earn their maiden India call-ups while fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar made a return and as did Varun Chakravarthy.
Meanwhile, Hogg has advocated for Ravichandran Ashwin’s return to the ODI squad. Ashwin has been playing red-ball cricket regularly for the Indian team since the last three to four years. He played his last ODI way back in June 2017 against West Indies.
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Get Him Back – Brad Hogg On Ravichandran Ashwin
When asked by a follower on Twitter whether Ashwin can be included in the team as an all-rounder, Hogg replied: “I think it is a great option, gives the batting line up extra depth allowing the top order to be more aggressive at the top and he is a wicket-taking option with the ball, as well as economical. Get him back in.”
@ibrahim_3337 I think it is a great option, gives the batting line up extra depth allowing the top order to be more aggressive at the top and he is an wicket taking option with the ball, as well as economical. Get him back in. #INDvENG #Cricket https://t.co/FmChPGK8H2
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 1, 2021
Ashwin has played 111 ODIs and 46 T20Is, in which he’s picked 150 and 52 wickets respectively. Furthermore, the rise of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has not allowed Ashwin to return to the fold. However, with back-to-back T20 World Cups approaching and given the terrific run of form he finds himself in, Ashwin has not given up on his hopes of playing the T20 World Cup which will be held later this year in India.
“For me it’s very realistic not a dream. The space I am in right now, I’m enjoying whatever I’m doing on a day-to-day basis. It’s been more about the process, it’s more about what, how and when rather than this that and there. That’s something which can make you chase and make you desperate,” Ashwin had told a reporter after the end of the second Test.