Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja has backed veteran India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to be a part of the Indian squad for the upcoming 2023 World Cup. He expressed that spin will play an important role in the mega-event. India is all set to host the Men’s ODI World Cup in October later this year. The team will be keen to lift their third ODI World Cup title, and their second in India.
In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Ajay Jadeja expressed that he would play Ravichandran Ashwin in the World Cup as spin will be very important in Indian conditions. He also added that Jasprit Bumrah is a surety, while with the current form, he would go ahead with Mohammed Shami for the World Cup. Ajay Jadeja said,
“I would play Ashwin in India in that World Cup because spin will be (important). Chahal, you don’t need to play now, you need to play him in the World Cup. These are ready whether you want them or not.”
“Jasprit Bumrah, you got to pick, for sure. I am going with just for the current form, I would go with Shami, there’s no way I can leave him out,” he added.
Would go with Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik: Ajay Jadeja
Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja further expressed that he would pick Arshdeep Singh in the bowling attack. He stated that the pacer might not have had a couple of good matches, but he is the future of the team. Arshdeep Singh picked three wickets in two matches in the series against Sri Lanka. His tendency to bowl no-balls received a lot of criticism recently. Jadeja said,
“I would go with Arshdeep Singh. He may not have good last couple of games, but that’s the future. He’s the only left-armer you’re looking at, brilliant with the new ball. It’s unfortunate that he’s so good with the old ball that the Indian team started using him with the old ball and not with the new one.”
“So, I would go with him and Umran Malik. Then I’ll pick Chahal there,” the former cricketer added.