As expected, the India vs England test series has so far been a jam-packed thriller with every element of entertainment piled up in the three matches that have already been played. It gives us an idea about what the remaining two matches might have in store for us.
However, there have also been some controversies and some questionable decisions throughout the series and one of the most talked about decisions is that of keeping Ravichandran Ashwin out of India’s playing XI from all of the first three test matches.
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Now many might argue that England’s pitches are ideal for fast bowlers and that it would be difficult for Ravichandran Ashwin to replace a fast bowler and perform equally well in the last two matches. But it is also true that Ravichandran Aswhin is one of the most tried and tested bowlers in the current Indian squad, as far as English conditions are concerned.
Former Indian cricketer WV Raman, however, thinks that it will be difficult for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to play both Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in a test match as both have similar traits. Both are bowling spinner-allrounders and add depth to the Indian batting lineup. In this series so far, Virat Kohli has kept Ravindra Jadeja in the team ahead of Ravichandran Aswhin, due to his superior fielding skills perhaps.
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WV Raman said, “If you play Jadeja and an Ashwin, what are the individual temperaments? For example, my view of them is that Virat can tell Jadeja what he expects from him and perhaps even insist, what I expect from you. Whereas, in the case of Ashwin, he is a guy who likes to be aggressive, go for wickets, and who has his own mind.
“It’s not that Ashwin is not for the team, he is for the team but he has his own way of doing things. Jadeja’s is a different way of doing things,” WV Raman said on Sony Sports during an online media interaction.
He added, “So the captain will also look at the temperament of an individual and then assess. So there are a lot of things that go into deciding who’s playing and who’s not playing, it’s not just the numbers alone,” Raman added.