Indian selectors announced the squad for the World T20 in UAE on Wednesday. They have picked veteran R Ashwin in the squad who hasn’t played an international T20 match since 2017. But he has been performing in the IPL consistently for a long time. Also, the Indian team was in need of an off-spinner as Washington Sundar is currently injured.
After getting selected for the World Cup squad, Ashwin took to Twitter to share a motivational quote that he ‘wrote in his diary a million times in 2017 after being left out of the white-ball squads. Ashwin also mentions that he is filled with happiness and gratitude after being selected for the World Cup squad.
“2017: I wrote this quote down a million times in my diary before putting this up on the wall! Quotes that we read and admire have more power when we internalise them and apply in life. Happiness and gratitude are the only 2 words that define me now,” he captioned a picture.
2017: I wrote this quote down a million times in my diary before putting this up on the wall! Quotes that we read and admire have more power when we internalise them and apply in life.
— Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) September 8, 2021
Before 2017, Ashwin was an all-format player for India. In fact, till 2021, Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker for India in T20I cricket. Yuzvendra Chahal overtook him this year as the leading wicket-taker. Post-2017, he was known as a Test specialist because he wasn’t considered for the white ball format.
Chief selector Chetan Sharma explains why R Ashwin was selected for the World Cup
Chief selector Chetan Sharma explained that the team was in need of an off-spinner as Sundar was injured. As the tournament will take place after the IPL, the wickets will be slow and will help the spinners. Ashwin is playing IPL regularly and has been performing well. Hence, he was given a go-ahead from the selectors.
“See, R Ashwin is playing IPL regularly. He has been performing well. We will need an off-spinner in the T20 World Cup. As everyone is aware that when the IPL’s second half takes place in UAE [prior to the World Cup], the wickets might be low and slow and will help spinners. So an off-spinner is required in the team. Washington Sundar is in the list of the injured players,” said Sharma to the media in virtual interaction.
Chetan Sharma also explained the reason for omitting Chahal. Yuzi Chahal is the leading wicket-taker for India in T20Is. However, the selection committee feels that they need someone who is quicker. Rahul Chahar bowls at a quicker pace than Chahal. Hence, Rahul was selected ahead of Chahal.
“We discussed Chahal. The selectors wanted someone who was quicker through the air. He was Rahul Chahar recently, the speed at which he is delivering was impressive,” added Sharma.
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