Former captain of one of the Indian Premier League teams, Kolkata Night Riders (KKR), Dinesh Karthik has stated that he wanted to see the star Indian Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the fourth Test against England which is to be played at Ovals. He thinks the time is very suitable for the ace Indian spinner to get into the Indian team for this crucial Test.
Ravichandran Ashwin travelled along with the squad to England for the five-test match series against them. But he hasn’t featured in any of the three Tests that India played. Indian spinner has not been dropped due to an injury but after seeing England pitches, Virat Kohli and the team management feel that bringing Ashwin to the team can disrupt the team combination. Indian team wants in-form all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the team and also they want at least four pacers as England pitches and surface mostly favour the pacers. But Dinesh Karthik has explained why Ashwin should be included in the Fourth Test.
“I believe the time is ripe for Ravichandran Ashwin to make his first appearance of the series. If I was Virat Kohli, I’d like to bring a new dimension into play in this crucial Test. As Ashwin hasn’t necessarily relied on assistance from the surface to make an impact,” Dinesh Karthik wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
India recently lost the third Test match at Headingley with an innings and 76 runs because of a poor batting and bowling performance. The Indian fans are expecting to see R. Ashwin who picked 88 wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 28.59 in the team for the fourth Test against England at Oval. R. Ashwin has become India’s main man in Test cricket as he took six five-wicket hauls in these 19 Tests he played.