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ENG vs IND 2021: Twitter Reacts As Ravichandran Ashwin And Ishant Sharma Miss Out

Team India revealed the playing XI for the first Test against England however Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma were not included in the team

Ravichandran Ashwin comes out to help people (PC- Skysports)

The India tour England five-match Test series finally began on Wednesday, August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. India went in the match with a full-fledged side however there were a couple of big names missing from the squad. The two of the most experienced Test players of India Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma were not included in the playing XI.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin has been the backbone of India’s spin department in Test cricket. He was in sensational form during the recent Test series India played. Ashwin even got crucial breakthroughs for India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final without getting a lot of help from the surface.

Before the WTC final, in the series against England at home Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker. He dominated the English batsmen in the series and came out as the most valuable player of the marquee series.

Also, Ishant Sharma is the most experienced pacer from the Indian side. Still, he missed out on the first Test against England. However, some reports claim that Ishant Sharma’s absence from the playing XI is due to an injury. The workhorse Ishant hasn’t fully fit to be part of the first match against England. Meanwhile, Ashwin’s absence from the squad left everyone surprised. India has included only one spinner in the squad which is all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

The opportunity to win in England and Australia in the same year is rare: Virat Kohli

Speaking at the toss ceremony, India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that they are going in with only one spinner in the form of Ravindra Jadeja.

“Our bowling combination is: Bumrah, Shami, Thakur, Siraj and Jadeja as the spinner. You could call it an accumulation of all the hardwork we have put in over the years. The opportunity to win in England and Australia in the same year is rare. To get opportunities in such times to play and play in front of crowds as well, we are grateful,” Virat Kohli during the toss.

Here is how Twitterati reacted after Ashwin and Ishant were not included in playing XI


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