Former Team India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has launched a scathed attack on the Indian selection panel headed by Sunil Joshi for not considering veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the limited-overs series against Australia. Although a regular member in the Tests; Ashwin has been kept away from the white-ball side since the rise of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
He last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017 during the West Indies tour. Following the tour, he along with his spin partner Ravindra Jadeja were dropped from the ODI and T20I squads. While it was stated that the selectors are rotating the players; but since then, Ravichandran Ashwin has not played any limited-overs cricket.
Mohammad Kaif slams selectors
Meanwhile, owing to consistent show in the IPL, many expected Ashwin to be India’s limited-overs squad against Australia. However, the selectors didn’t consider the spinner from Tamil Nadu. In the wake of it, Mohammad Kaif has launched a scathed attack on the selectors.
Taking to Twitter, Kaif asked the critics to ‘read and re-read’ Ashwin’s big scalps in the competition. Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 13 wickets at an economy rate of 7.66 which included some big names.
“Virat, Rohit, Pollard, Gayle, Warner, QDK, Karun, Buttler, Smith, Paddikal, Pooran. Read and re-read @ashwinravi99’s list of big scalps from IPL 13, mostly in power plays.
“Feel Ash can still be a valuable asset for India in T20Is,” he added.
Virat, Rohit, Pollard, Gayle, Warner, QDK, Karun, Buttler, Smith, Paddikal, Pooran. Read and re-read @ashwinravi99’s list of big scalps from IPL 13, mostly in power plays. Feel Ash can still be a valuable asset for India in T20Is.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 18, 2020
Meanwhile, Team India will play three ODIs starting from November 27 followed by the same number of T20Is. The tour will culminate with a four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series as a part of the ICC World Test Championship.