Why? The lack of an off spinning option has been quite apparent. I stick by my previous analysis that Axar and Jadeja are similar and there isn't a variety in the spin department.
Can't help if you've got a strong dislike of him. He adds to the balance of the side. With Jadeja not firing, Ashwin comes in handy in the batting department. You are also forgetting that we do not have any top order batsmen capable of rolling their arm over. In Indian conditions,Ashwin can be a handful.
Anyhow, I firmly feel they should replace Axar with a right hand spinner. Ash is my first choice,of not, then Washi it has to be.
The idiots have done it again. Rohit Virat Hardik rested. Bumrah, apparently is playing. And KLR as captain- I know that I won't be watching.
Bumrah remark was in jest , mate. I should start adding emojis to my jest remarks, I feel. If you are going to rest your top players after every 2nd game, escapes me how they didn't give him more rest. Hence, my comment.NZ, Bangladesh and England are all playing weakened sides in their last series before the WC (and England are playing a side that didn’t even qualify). This isn’t a Dravid being unique thing.
Wait, you were critical of Bumrah missing out on one game against Nepal out of all teams because he had the temerity to attend the birth of his first child because you believed he lacked fitness (and since then you’ve only gone on about how Bumrah looks off colour) and now you’re critical of him not being rested and playing?
Seriously, are you just trolling at this point?
Not sure where you’re getting the ‘strong’ dislike part from given how many times I’ve supported his presence in the team in other formats. You’ve added nothing to counter what I said initially about him either. But hey, let me try to do justice to your post.
He’s no better than Thakur with the bat in fifty overs cricket for one. If anything he’s worse given he isn’t much of a slogger. The numbers back this up too. What value does he add down the order at eight then?
The significance here being that these guys can snare a wicket or two. See, our bowling isn't adequate. We will always be juggling the extra batsman/ 5 bowler theory. With batsmen who can bowl, you get say a max of 20 overs among them. When we had Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj, these guys could create additional 20-25 overs to take the pressure off. Indian management has perhaps harped on this a little late. Having Tilak in the side solely on account of the fact that he bowls is, in itself a heads up here.I fail to see the significance of none of the top order being able to bowl. Almost no batter in any country bowls these days, it’s the price you pay in an era of hyper-specialisation where part-timers can get absolutely pummelled. The ones who do either got backed in their team till they were decent enough (an example being Markram) with the ball without much scrutiny on their batting performances. The Indian cricket system isn’t ideal for such development at the moment because anyone who underperforms is dropped. If you want a top order that can bowl, you gotta pick batting all-rounders or pure all-rounders like Australia are planning which comes with it’s own issues.
He gives you an all-rounder, with a right hand off spin option. As I've said before, Jadeja and Axar are similar and one of them has to go. Ashwin's batting, any day is better than these two.What does Ashwin have to do with the lack of bowling from the top order either? Ashwin if he is picked would be the fourth bowler in the XI, he isn’t being picked as a Mehidy clone who will float in the batting order. Besides we have six bowling options in the preferred XI which is what most teams prefer and use for balance.
When did Ash play his last game? A few years ago. Are we now in that scenario that we cannot pick up someone based on his performance 2 years ago? Can a player not imporve at all?You do realise that Ashwin averages well over fifty in his last ten ODIs right? He’s also close to conceding six runs per over in that stretch. You’ve still not addressed the fact that finger spinners in ODIs aren’t particularly useful unless they have specific skills in other fields or are extremely competent in one style of bowling. Ashwin is a hybrid between a classical off spinner and a modern one, the former is mostly obsolete and the latter is what most teams prefer. None of these sound handy to me unless games are played in literal dustbowls akin to Mirpur.
Ashwin’s played a grand total of… six List A games since being dropped in 2017. His last game in this format was in January 2022. You criticise the team for not picking or preferring players in form/ones with match practice and recent experience yet you’re willing to make an exception for someone who… shouldn’t even be in the team in the first place for all of the reasons outlined above. I’ve not even talked about his ground fielding which is very likely to be more exposed in ODIs.
The significance here being that these guys can snare a wicket or two. See, our bowling isn't adequate. We will always be juggling the extra batsman/ 5 bowler theory. With batsmen who can bowl, you get say a max of 20 overs among them. When we had Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj, these guys could create additional 20-25 overs to take the pressure off. Indian management has perhaps harped on this a little late. Having Tilak in the side solely on account of the fact that he bowls is, in itself a heads up here.
Markram is the next-in line to SA captaincy. Other teams do not drop their vice-captains on pure whims and fancies, like India/Pakistan do. Australia have always gone that way. Though, Steve Smith can bowl some handy leggies. With us, I do not think that is an option. But, it would have been good to have Rohit or Virat do some bowling.
He gives you an all-rounder, with a right hand off spin option. As I've said before, Jadeja and Axar are similar and one of them has to go. Ashwin's batting, any day is better than these two.
When did Ash play his last game? A few years ago. Are we now in that scenario that we cannot pick up someone based on his performance 2 years ago? Can a player not imporve at all?
Now, your Q pertaining to finger spinners- Please explain more of Jadeja in that case. Is he not a finger spinner? His batting returns have never been up to the mark in ODIs. He is much more handy in Tests. So, why have him? Just cause he is a leftie?
Furthermore, kindly explain the difference between a classical OS and a modern OS. I honestly do not know much about this.
Experienced person he is. The ideal ploy would have been to use Bishnoi, but seeing as we haven't been going that way, the chances of him making the squad is highly unlikely.