Former Pakistani player Denmark Kaneria feels India made the mistake of omitting Ravichandran Ashwin from playing XI. The veteran off-spinner was one of India’s greatest ball weapons, but failed to find a place in the XI with the Lord.
Kaneria believes Ravichandran Ashwin could have contributed with both bat and ball and would be an advantage to the Indian team. He was also an Indian bowler in the World Cup final, so Denmark’s Kaneria was left confused by Ashwin’s exclusion.
In a video on her YouTube channel, Denmark’s Kaneria explained how handsome Ashwin could be with the Lord. He also compared which variety Ravichandran Ashwin offers compared to Ravindra Jadeja.
“I think India made a mistake by not playing against Ravichandran Ashwin. You needed a bowler like Ashwin at the Lord. He could give you pawns, and he could score a string in order. He could be a key figure of the Indian team in this test match. Jadeja he runs well, but Ashwin is a bowler who runs trophies, ”said Danish Kaneria.
Looking at the field and the conditions, Ravichandran Ashwin should have played: Denmark Kaneria
Denmark’s Kaneria believes the pitch could have enough help for someone like Ravichandran Ashwin, as this one likes to pull an extra bounce off the surface.
India is in a good position to announce a great result in the first innings. But Kaneria thinks they missed the trick because they didn’t include Ashwin in their bowling plans.
“There is no doubt that all Indian bowlers are very capable of picking doors. But looking at the pitch and conditions, I feel Ashwin should have played. Many say India played an unbalanced team and we will find out more when they play,” concluded Danish Kaneria .
Only time will tell if India will feel the pinch of Ashwin’s absence with the ball.