Why Ravichandran Ashwin is not in playing eleven | IND vs ENG: India won, but still this player needs to be called back in the team, India needs to call back Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI to take advantage of the spinning track
India vs England Test Match  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Despite India’s victory in Lord’s Test, attention will have to be paid again on Playing-11
- This player has to be called back in Team India
- Ashwin felt the need on the last days of the match
Despite a thrilling 151-run win against England in the second Test here on Monday, India need to review their selection strategy and consider playing a five-match Test series with wicket-taking spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin for the remaining three. needed. This was India’s third win in the house of cricket. The last two successes were in 1986 with Kapil Dev and in 2014 when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain.
Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah demolished England on Monday with returns of 4/32 and 3/33 respectively. Ravindra Jadeja is a priceless fielder and a capable batsman. But he has been without a wicket in the run of four innings, including the fourth innings of a match on this occasion.
This prevents five bowlers from playing. If one of them is ineffective and that spin doesn’t provide power and variety. The left-hander’s stance at the moment is pretty flat to buy. It was cloudy for the fast bowlers on the fifth and final day of the Test, helped by a slightly heavy situation. But there was very little in the pitch. It had negligible grass on it and it hadn’t dried out enough or developed breakage to plot with the spin.
A quality spinner, however, beats the batsmen by blowing the ball up and into the air. So, while the Indian dressing room made Mohammed Shami and Bumrah feel an undefeated 89 for the 9th wicket, that too against a new ball. India started the day with the hope that they can give England a target of at least three runs per over in the last venture.
Conventional wisdom suggested that this can happen only if Rishabh Pant spends no less than an hour at the crease. This did not happen. The left-hander showed signs of aggression, shoving one off Ollie Robinson, who was carried by Jos Buttler behind the stumps.
Defeat, clearly possible overnight, was now visible on India’s face. However, Shami and Bumrah changed fortunes dramatically without requiring much luck. His venture ensured, batting-wise, the match’s richest two-hour session – 105 runs before lunch.
Shami hit off-spinner Moeen Ali for a four and a six back-to-back at long-on and midwicket and scored a perfectly fine 50. This is his second Test fifty since 2014 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. On the fifth day of the Test, England’s current batting line-up had no prospect of scoring 272 runs in 60 overs, no matter how worrisome the wicket.
In fact, India’s sense of victory came when England were reduced to 67 for five, with their mainstay Joe Root caught by Bumrah for 33 at first slip. But the catcher – Kohli – dropped Butler in the same position. The batsman was on three runs and faced only 12 balls. He faced 96 balls before being caught on the wicket of Siraj.
A short delay, Jadeja was brought on to take advantage of the rough at the pavilion end, with Ali being the left-handed striker. The batsman immediately sniped at the wicketkeeper, the umpire turned down the appeal, India asked for a review, but the slow bowler committed the cardinal sin of a no-ball.
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