The Indian selectors have decided to leave out the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the ongoing the ODI and T-20 series in Sri Lanka. However, the former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh does not feel the same as he questions the Board’s explanation.
In an interview with India Today, Harbhajan Singh admitted that he was not sure whether Ashwin was dropped or rested from the One-Day squad.
The cricketer from Punjab said, “I am not sure if R Ashwin is rested or dropped. We have seen reports that Ashwin has been rested but at the same time in his rest period, he is going to England to play county cricket. So I don’t know what kind of rest it is going to be. I am not sure whether he has been rested or dropped.”
Earlier Sourav Ganguly, the former India also questioned Ashwin’s place in the ODI team. Ganguly felt, with his current form it will tough for Ashwin to retain his spot despite bowling so well in the longer format.
“I was present at the Champions Trophy commentating and I could get a feeling around that there could be a possibility in due course that both Jadeja and Ashwin don’t play on good pitches. Jadeja is a far better fielder, he can bat, and he is a left arm spinner who is good in one-day cricket. So Jadeja is a package in ODI cricket,” said the Turbanator.
The off-spinner was also seen backing Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav despite not making the first eleven in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. “It is a good opportunity for Kuldeep Yadav to showcase his talent and start winning games for India. He has done well in whatever limited opportunities he has got. He is different to the other spinners who are usually wrist spinners or finger spinners but Kuldeep is someone who bowls Chinaman and he brings a lot to the table in terms of variety so hopefully, he will be good,” concluded Singh.