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We Had to Include Him”: Why Rohit Sharma and BCCI Chose R Ashwin Despite Not Playing ODIs Since January 2022

by khushahal vishwakarma

While there were expectations of more spin-bowling all-round options given the limited number of spots in the One Day International (ODI) format, questions were raised about R Ashwin’s inactivity in the ODI format.

The announcement of India’s team for the final assignment before the ICC One Day International (ODI) World Cup tournament in the form of the last leg of the One Day International World Cup tourney on home soil holds the allure of including Ravichandran Ashwin. After winning the Asia Cup title and with less than three weeks to go before the start of the Quadrangular tournament, India is set to clash with Australia in a three-match ODI series in Mohali, Indore, and Rajkot, respectively, between September 22nd and 27th. India is concerned about the injury to Axar Patel, who has been ruled out of the series after the first two matches, hence Ashwin’s inclusion.

Although there were higher expectations for more spin-bowling all-round options, considering the limited number of spots in the ODI format, questions arose regarding Ashwin’s inactivity in ODIs. He was last part of the ODI playing XI during the South Africa tour in January 2022. He played two ODIs in that series, and while it hinted at his inclusion in the World Cup plans, he was never recalled. In fact, he had only featured in two ODIs in this format since the West Indies tour in 2017, after which the two matches in the Quadrangular series will be his only ODIs.

However, Rohit Sharma, who had previously revealed his continuous communication with Ashwin after winning the Asia Cup, explained that a spinner with nearly 100 Tests and 115 ODIs under his belt doesn’t need to play continuously. It’s about staying relevant. Despite concerns about his fitness, Rohit expressed confidence in Ashwin’s experience and his value to the team, especially in the absence of Axar Patel.

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“Ashwin has the kind of experience; he’s played nearly 100 Tests and 115 ODIs… Yes, it’s all in the past, but he’s been continuously playing Test cricket. With players like Ashwin, it’s not so much about time on the field and playing time during matches. That’s why we thought if he’s an option for us, we should include him. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. I thought bringing him in gives us a chance to understand where he is, how his body is, and what he brings,” Rohit said.

Ajit Agarkar Clarifies Ashwin’s World Cup Hopes

When Ashwin sustained an injury during the Super Four match against Bangladesh on Friday, he was summoned. Despite being a part of the last eleven, he did not participate in the finals but India retained him for the Australia series. Chief selector of BCCI, Ajit Agarkar, clarified the situation regarding Ashwin’s injury.

“What we’ve been told about Ashwin’s injury is that he should be fine. But it leaves us with at least two options now. If these guys get games now, it gives us options in team management, provided they go with the same plan that we are hoping that Ashwin will be fit. Washi was part of the final earlier, Ashwin comes with experience, so it gives us the option if we need it at some stage,” he said.

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