IND vs ENG: R Ashwin spends extra time batting in Headingley nets, can he make a comeback in 4th Test? – India’s premier Test spinner R Ashwin, who is warming the bench in England as he was not picked in the Team India’s playing XI in the first three matches of the five-match Test series against England, was seen spending some extra time in the nets to improve his batting. Ravindra Jadeja was picked ahead of Ashwin as he is in great form with the bat.
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R Ashwin bats lefty
Ashwin posted two photos of his official Twitter handle where he can be seen batting left-handed. “The desire to ignite something different every day never burns out,” Ashwin wrote in the caption. However, if you look closely you can see that it’s just a mirror image of Ashwin batting as you can see the logo’s of the bat and in the background are also mirrored.
Ashwin as an all-rounder
In 79 matches Ashwin has scored 2685 runs at an average of 27.68 with the help of 11 fifties and five centuries. Ashwin recently scored a century when England toured India earlier this year. In 2021 he is averaging 29.66 in six Tests where he scored 267 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja as an all-rounder
While on the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja, who has been picked over Ashwin, scored a brilliant fifty in the first Test at Nottingham. In his Test career, he has scored, 2084 runs in 54 matches with 16 fifties and one century under his belt.
Interestingly, both Jadeja and Ashwin are ranked 3rd and 4th in the ICC Test rankings for all-rounders.
Ashwin was expected to make a return in the third Test as Jajdeja was not able to take wickets, but the team mangement preferred not to tinker with the winning combination.
Meanwhile, in the Leeds Test, Mohammed Shami scalped four wickets as England was bowled out for 432 in the opening session of Day 3 of the ongoing third Test here at Headingley, Leeds, on Friday. A 354-run lead has put the hosts in the driver’s seat as skipper Joe Root top-scored with a knock of 121.