New Delhi. The return of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in Team India for the T20 World Cup (ICC T20 World Cup 2021) surprised everyone. Because he has been given a chance in the T20 team after 4 years. In such a situation, the question is coming to mind that after a long wait of 4 years, Ashwin returned to the T20 team. Big information is coming out about this. In fact, in limited overs cricket, Team India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma played a big role in Ashwin’s return to the T20 team.
According to the report of Times of India, Rohit Sharma was asked about the inclusion of R Ashwin in the T20 World Cup squad. Considering Ashwin’s experience, he had insisted on his return to the T20 team. Indian captain Virat Kohli had a similar opinion regarding Ashwin. He was also asked about the inclusion of this off-spinner in the team of the World Cup, so he also supported Rohit’s point.
Kohli also praised Ashwin in front of the selectors
When the talks started regarding the selection of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup, even at that time Kohli had agreed to include Ashwin in the team. But then he had made it clear that Ashwin would be included in the team only if Washington Sundar’s performance would be poor or he would not be fit to participate in the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, Ashwin was sure to be selected as his replacement after Sundar, who was suffering from a finger injury, was out of the World Cup.
Ashwin got a chance due to UAE conditions
According to the report, in the meeting with the selectors regarding team selection, Rohit and Kohli had praised Ashwin a lot. Both had told how difficult it was to play this off-spinner during the IPL. In such a situation, while the tournament is taking place in the UAE, where the grounds are very big and the pitch becomes slow. In such a situation, Ashwin can prove to be more deadly there. This was also a big reason for this off-spinner to join the team.
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Ashwin’s performance in IPL was excellent
Even though Ashwin has been selected in the World Cup squad due to Sundar’s injury. But in the last few years, he has bowled brilliantly in T20 cricket. Especially he has been very effective against left-handed batsmen. Since IPL 2020, this off-spinner has bowled 70 balls to left-handers in the powerplay and conceded runs at an economy rate of just 6.77. During this his bowling average was 26.33.
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At the same time, there is no break in his bowling in the powerplay as well. Since IPL 2020, no spinner has taken more than 7 wickets of Ashwin in the powerplay in the league. During this, he gave runs at an economy rate of just 7.34.
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