Ashwin fourth highest wicket taker in Test cricket (Ravichandran Ashwin / Instagram)
Sunil Gavaskar claimed that Ashwin was suffering from the pain of being able to make his point in team meetings. Gavaskar said the senior spinner is released after an average performance, while the batsman continues to play despite a poor performance.
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December 24, 2020, 1:48 PM IST
Ravichandran Ashwin is now an expert spinner in the Test team, but he is being overlooked in limited overs cricket. Ashwin last played a white ball for India in 2017. Despite his good performances in IPL and domestic cricket, he has not been selected in limited overs cricket. Sunil Gavaskar, in his column for Sportstar, said, “Ashwin is being punished not for his incompetence but for his words. If Ashwin does not take a wicket in one match, he gets out in the next match. This does not happen with batsmen.
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Gavaskar said Ashwin was being punished for his waxing and speaking his mind at the meeting, where most people would shake their heads even if they did not agree. “Any other country would welcome a bowler who has taken more than 350 Test wickets and should not forget four Test centuries,” he said. However, if Ashwin does not take a wicket in one match, he will be out of the next match. However this does not happen for established batsmen. Even if they fail in one game and get another chance, another rule applies to Ashwin. “Ashwin is the fourth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. He is 370 wickets faster in 70 matches. He is 52 wickets in 111 ODIs and 150 wickets in 46 T20s. Gavaskar also insisted that captain Virat Kohli has returned home for the birth of his first child, but pacer T Natarajan has been asked to stay in Australia as a net bowler. He became a father while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020.
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T Natarajan will return to India only when the series of 4 Test matches with Australia ends. Natarajan bowled brilliantly in ODIs and T20s. Gavaskar said, “Indian cricket has different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me, you can ask Ashwin and Natarajan.”