India has made a significant change in their 15-member squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup by naming veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as a replacement for the injured spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel. This decision comes as Axar Patel sustained a quadriceps tear, which is likely to keep him sidelined for an extended period. In response to this setback, the selection committee led by Ajit Agarkar has opted for the 37-year-old Ashwin.
Ashwin’s inclusion in the squad is notable as India initially did not select an off-spinner in their World Cup squad. Instead, they went with a trio of left-arm pacers in Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, and wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav. However, Ashwin’s recent performance in the two ODIs against Australia, where he claimed four wickets, evidently impressed the selectors, leading to his inclusion. Ashwin bamboozled Australia’s hitters with his skill and variations.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in India’s ODI World Cup squad comes after a relatively limited presence in ODIs since 2018. However, he received the backing of the team management and selectors, earning his spot in the squad for the recent 3-match ODI series against Australia. This series served as the team’s final preparation ahead of the World Cup.
Ashwin’s selection for the World Cup marks his third appearance in the prestigious 50-over tournament. Notably, he joins Virat Kohli as the only two members from the 2011 World Cup-winning squad who will participate in the upcoming edition of the quadrennial event. This highlights the experience and veteran presence that Ashwin brings to the team, making him a valuable asset in India’s quest for success in the tournament. As India looks to make an impressive performance in the competition, Ashwin’s experience and ability to contribute with both bat and ball might be crucial.
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