India and Australia are going to face each other in a 3-match ODI series starting on 22nd September. The Indian Cricket Board made some strange calls while announcing their team for the Australia series Recently, India won their 8th Asia Cup title after a magnificent victory against Sri Lanka in the final.
Ajit Agarkar revealed the two squads in order to provide adequate rest to the senior members of the Indian team. KL Rahul has been adjudged as the captain of the side in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are rested for the first two matches.
Senior off-spinner Ravi Ashwin has been named in the team. He would be looking to prove his mantle to the team management. According to various rumours, India may offer Ashwin a chance to play in the forthcoming ODI World Cup as Axar Patel’s participation is questionable due to an injury.
“The games against Australia will give us a chance to look at where he’s at” – Rohit Sharma
The Delhi Capitals player last participated in an ODI in January 2022, and he will make his return in little under 18 months. At the press conference, Team India skipper Rohit Sharma stated that he has been in constant touch with Ashwin following the Asia Cup 2023 final.
He said, “Look with the kind of experience Ashwin has. He has played close to 100 Test matches, and close to 150 ODIs. Yes it’s in the past but he has consistently been playing Test cricket. With guys like Ashwin, having time on the ground is not so much of a concern which is why we thought if he’s an option for us, we’ll have to get him in. So the games against Australia will give us a chance to look at where he’s at, how he’s bowling and how his body is feeling and things like that.”
Fans react to reports of Ravichandran Ashwin to be added to ODI World Cup 2023 squad surface :
If Axar Patel doesn't recover before 28th September – Ravi Ashwin or Washington Sundar will be added to the main 15 men World Cup squad of India. (TOI). pic.twitter.com/1MOmOSVY9L
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 19, 2023
Ashwin has plenty experience, and he can be more vital player in World Cup if he play
— ???? (@bijjuu11) September 19, 2023
That was expected. He is the best option we have .
— Lalatendu Rout (@Littu85) September 19, 2023
@ashwinravi99 ko rakhna chahiye.. ash anna is very clever player.
— Abhinav singh (@Abhinav_tmk) September 19, 2023
Axar is in good batting form and he is a lefty as well, if he is not in the squad it will be a huge loss for Indian team
— Anuraj Kumar (@BeAnuraj) September 19, 2023
Ravi sir great luck ?? pic.twitter.com/fiRx9fTJpm
— Deepak 100%followback (@musafir876) September 19, 2023
Ash Anna should be in
— Ansh Shah (@asmemesss) September 19, 2023
Ravi Ashwin ticket for WC confirmed now
— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) September 19, 2023
Surely Ashwin will play , already we have jadeja/ kuldeep as left arm spinners.. Ashwin right arm and can bowl and bat !!
— Naina (@Nainajersey18) September 19, 2023
I would prefer #Ashwin over Sundar on experience basis.
— Dr. Aditi (@aditisinghSA) September 19, 2023