Washington Sundar was called up, and the Asia Cup final was played, but now Kartik has made an interesting revelation.
Team India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the One Day International (ODI) squad for the bilateral series against Australia, which will serve as a dress rehearsal for the team’s opening match in the World Cup next month. The final team selection is nearing as the deadline (September 27) approaches.
Earlier this month, during the Asia Cup Super 4 match against Bangladesh, after Hardik Pandya’s injury, Ashwin was included in the team. At that time, India had decided to bring Washington Sundar for the final and even included him in the XI. Sundar was part of the team for the Australia series as well but was picked over Ashwin for the first ODI in Mohali.
And finally, star wicketkeeper-batsman of Team India, Dinesh Kartik, has revealed why Ashwin was the team’s first choice even for the Asia Cup final. Kartik said that Team India had contacted Ashwin before Sundar for the Asia Cup final, but the experienced spinner declined because he wasn’t “match-ready” at the time.
“Based on some inside information, I will save Rohit, Ajit, and Rahul Dravid here. They had actually called Ashwin first for the Asia Cup final. They had a discussion, and Ashwin felt he wasn’t ready for the match yet. So, he said it’s better I don’t come because Washington was playing. He was playing a local tournament in Chennai and was in the NCA. So, he sent Washington Sundar,” Kartik said.
“Ashwin had just returned from the West Indies, took a break, played some club games. Whenever the team management said there might be an opportunity, they informed him. Be ready, no matter what the situation. I was touching my fitness levels and had started bowling in some sessions,” he added.
This comes after the BCCI posted a video interview of the off-spinner, where he revealed that the board had kept him in the loop since August, after the Test series against the West Indies. Ashwin had returned after two Tests as most of the players were rested for the three ODIs and five T20Is on the Caribbean tour.
“I came back from the West Indies, took a break, played some club games. Whenever the team management said there might be an opportunity, they informed me. Be ready, no matter what the situation. I was touching my fitness levels and had started bowling in some sessions,” Ashwin had said in the video interview.