A fan even went to the extent of stating that the Indian side should lose the first Test and Ashwin should be picked for the second rubber.
India and England are all set to lock horns against each other in a grueling five-match Test series that begins on 4th August 2021 at Nottingham. This is a series that will be extremely important for both sides as this will be the first assignment for both sides in the second cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC).
And, senior spinner and bowling legend Ravichandran Ashwin was omitted from the Indian playing XI for the first Test against Joe Root and his men. India has picked just a lone spinner, and Ravindra Jadeja made the cut ahead of Ashwin.
Apart from Jadeja, the other four fast bowlers that the Indian side has picked are Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj.
Former cricketers and fans express their thoughts on the omission of Ravichandran Ashwin
And, from former cricketers to fans, several people have expressed their thoughts on the omission of Ravichandran Ashwin from the Indian playing XI. Both Wasim Jaffer and Michael Vaughan wondered why Ashwin was not selected in the Indian playing XI.
While a fan tweeted that Virat Kohli has dug his own grave by not picking Ashwin, another fan reckons that Ashwin is not picked in the Indian side because Ben Stokes is not playing for England.
Another fan even went to the extent of stating that the Indian side should lose the first Test and Ashwin should be picked for the second rubber. Another fan tweeted that he wants Ashwin to score runs than Ajinkya Rahane in the Test series. Another fan reckons that Virat Kohli’s team selection is pathetic. All in all, several people are not happy with the omission of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ravichandran Ashwin is a legend of Indian cricket, especially in the Test format of the game. The Indian bowling colossus has taken 413 wickets for the Indian side in the whites and has taken his wickets at an excellent average of 24.56.
He is also the 4th highest wicket-taker for India in Test match cricket. The Tamil Nadu spinner has also scalped 30 five-wicket hauls in his illustrious career.
Here is how the former cricketers and fans reacted to Ravichandran Ashwin’s omission from the Indian playing XI
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 4, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 4, 2021
Ashwin and Ishant dropped. What, why, how !!!!!!. #ENGvIND
— Indrnill Bharti (@BhartiIndrnill) August 4, 2021
Ind vs Eng ! Today’s clanger, Ravi Ashwin gone. The empire strikes, I m sure they are too arrogant to regret that , but it will hurt !
— Ramanujam Sridhar (@RamanujamSri) August 4, 2021
Kohli’s team selection is going pathetic day by day.
Leaving out Ashwin, only bowler who seems to take wickets when chips are down, your best spinner & one who can contribute when top 5-6 fail.
This is nothing but bizzare!#INDvENG
— Sachin Saraf (@sachin434) August 4, 2021
Want Ashwin to comeback and score more runs than Rahane in upcoming test. Period !!#ENGvIND
— 🏏📊 (@Cricket_genes) August 4, 2021
Jadeja ahead of Ashwin by Management 🧐🤔🤔
— DK 🐴 (@DarkKnightRised) August 4, 2021
Hope we lose and this nibba gets ashwin in
— Sidd (@downtheground__) August 4, 2021
No R Ashwin for the first #ENGvIND Test!
KL Rahul plays his first Test in two years. Shardul Thakur is the fourth seamer.
Ind XI: Sharma, KL Rahul, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Pant, Jadeja, Thakur, Bumrah, Shami, Siraj
Happy with the XI? pic.twitter.com/EP1AOj3oO0
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) August 4, 2021
Virat Kohli and his logic of team selection…..again….It’s not that Ashwin cannot bat…remember Sydney and Chennai ….recently ? But but…. https://t.co/JEtUWOZhk4
— Tejas Modi (@tejasjmodi) August 4, 2021
Why is ishant and ashwin not playing today in this test are they not fully fit
— varunmalhotra (@varunma14103183) August 4, 2021
Ashwin is dropped because Stokes is not playing! #ENGvIND
— Kishan Chand (@cRRund) August 4, 2021
Ashwin dropped lol, Kolly either digging his grave or masterclass incoming
— Siddhant Bhatter (@bhatterboy) August 4, 2021
Interesting changes there from India – Shardul and Jadeja playing, Ravi Ashwin has been left out, Siraj is playing as well alongside Bumrah and Shami. It is heard that maybe Ishant Sharma is still not fit.#ENGvIND
— Neelabh (@CricNeelabh) August 4, 2021