Almost every Indian Cricket fan went into a huge shock when they found that Ravichandran Ashwin is missing from India’s playing XI.India is playing the first match of the test series against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Indian captain, Virat Kohli once again lost the toss and was invited to bowl first by the English skipper, Joe Root.
Rory Burns was dismissed in the first over of the innings. Jasprit Bumrah got the breakthrough early in the innings. India was having The Upper Hand early in the innings but it Indian fans were confused about the the playing XI picked by the team management.
India would need to win this Test Match to avoid the criticism of dropping Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin was left out by the Indian team management from the playing XI. He is currently the best all rounder for the Indian team in test cricket and was also the bright spot for Indian Team in WTC final against New Zealand. Ashwin was the only man who picked the first wicket in both the innings. The legend has been handy with the bat too.
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Ravichandran Ashwin has played 79 test matches for India scoring 2685 runs and scalping 413 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin has a great experience of playing in English conditions. All the Indian fans was turned after hearing that Ravichandran Ashwin was not included in the playing XI.
There are many reasons behind the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from the playing XI of the first test against England. The seaming conditions can be the most appropriate reason for the exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from the first test against England. It was advisable to play more seamers in the team so team management decided to give a break to Ravichandran Ashwin.
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The England team included 6 right hand batsman in their top 7 batsman, so it might be the fact that Indian team management did not include Ravichandran Ashwin. Team India going with the option of left arm spin over Ravichandran Ashwin.
The other reason could be that Indian team is not going to take a risk of playing to spinners in English conditions. India went with two spinners in the WTC final against New Zealand and the plan backfired. New Zealand went with all their five medium pacers and all were fruitful.
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