T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin makes comeback to India T20 squad after 4 years

T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin makes comeback to India T20 squad after 4 years. He had last played against India in 2017
T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin makes comeback to India T20 squad after 4 years. He had last played against India in 2017. [Pic credits: Zee News]

T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin- In a surprise call, Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was on Wednesday included in India’s 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup alongside Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel and Varun Chakaravarthy. The 34-year-old Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017. The development comes even as the ace spinner was excluded from the playing XI in the last 4 Test matches in England, raising questions to the team management. He has now been rewarded for his excellent show in the longest format at home and consistency in the IPL.

“Happiness and gratitude are the only 2 words that define me now,” R Ashwin wrote on micro-blogging site after selection.

Chief selector Chetan Sharma said that good performances in IPL led to Ashwin’s selection in T20 WC squad.

“Ravichandran Ashwin has been playing in the IPL regularly. He has performed well there. When you go into the World Cup, you need an off-spinner, everyone has an idea that the wickets in the UAE will get slower as IPL will also be played there. Spinners will get assistance so having an off-spinner holds the key,” Sharma said.

“Washington Sundar is injured and Ashwin is an asset for the team. He has performed well in the IPL so that is why he has found a place for himself in the squad,” he added.

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T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin last played a T20I in July 2017 against the West Indies. He captained the Punjab team in the IPL in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, bagging 10 and 15 wickets respectively. Ashwin shifted base to Delhi Capitals in 2020 and picked up 13 wickets at an average of 30.07 and an economy of 7.66 in his first season for the side. He featured in five of the eight matches that the Capitals played in 2021, and managed a solitary wicket while he had an economy of 7.73.

Bowling Mat Balls Runs WKTS BBM Ave Econ SR 4W 5W
Career 159 3,344 3,848 139 4/34 27.68 6.90 24.05 1 0
2021 5 114 147 1 1/47 147.00 7.73 114.00 0 0

 

TEAM – Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.

Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have been included among standby players.

Standby players – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

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