IND vs ENG: Fans Slam BCCI For Ignoring R Ashwin From Playing XI

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In his first Test as India‘s captain, Jasprit Bumrah made a bold call by leaving out R Ashwin for the Edgbaston Test versus England.

Ashwin is the second-ranked ICC Test bowler and all-rounder, and with 442 wickets, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner is India’s all-time second-highest wicket-taker. However, these credentials didn’t get him the place in the eleven ahead of seam-bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur.

India have continued the five bowler strategy that they used to success in the four Tests vs England last year which helped them take a series lead of 2-1 before the fifth Test got postponed due to covid-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp.

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R Ashwin didn’t play in the 4 Tests of this series last year as well

Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Ravindra Jadeja were the certainties in the line-up for today. The question had been around whether India needed a pace-bowling all-rounder in Thakur or a spin-bowling all-rounder in Ashwin; the new management, like the previous management, went with Thakur. Ashwin also sat on the bench of all the four Tests last year as well.

A certain Ben Stokes, the England captain, would perhaps be happy to not see Ashwin in the opposition line-up after being dismissed 11 times in Test cricket by the off-spinner.

Thakur had vindicated his selection at the Oval last year, hammering twin fifties in the game with the bat and picked 7 wickets at an average of 22 in 2 Tests that he played in this series.

Also, Bumrah announced that Cheteshwar Pujara will open alongside Shubman Gill in the absence of both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, the two first-choice openers and India’s two best batters in the four Tests.


India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah(c)

England (Playing XI): Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Sam Billings(w), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

Twitter erupted with different emotions upon learning that Ashwin has once again been benched.

Here are the best reactions on Ashwin’s exclusion from the eleven:

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