"Madness": Former Cricketers On Ravichandran Ashwin's Non-Inclusion In 4th Test
Ravichandran Ashwin's absence from the playing XI for the fourth Test was criticised by several experts, with former England captain Michael Vaughan calling it "madness".
- Ravichandran Ashwin was not included in the India XI for 4th Test
- Former cricketers took to Twitter to express their views on the decision
- Michael Vaughan dubbed the decision to leave out Ashwin as "madness"
India made two changes for the ongoing fourth Test against Englandbut star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was once again left out of the playing XI. Virat Kohli decided to stick to his four pacers and a spinner combination as he included Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur in place of Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma at The Oval. Cricket experts and fans were calling for Ashwin's inclusion in the XI after India lost the third Test by an innings and 76 runs at Headingley but he was ignored for the fourth time on the ongoing tour. Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter and said leaving out a player who has 413 wickets and five Test centuries is "madness."
"The non selection of @ashwinravi99 has to be greatest NON selection we have ever witnessed across 4 Tests in the UK !!! 413 Test wickets & 5 Test 100s !!!! #ENGvIND Madness," Vaughan tweeted.
Former Australian cricketers Lisa Sthalekar and Tom Moody were also surprised by the decision.
So so surprised not to see Ashwin as part of the Test match#offiessticktogether— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 2, 2021
Renowned commentators Alan Wilkins and Harsha Bhogle were also left bemused as Ashwin was left out of the playing XI for the fourth time this series.
I really hope it works but I am flabbergasted that India have gone in without Ashwin again.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 2, 2021
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called it a "death wish".
I can't believe they left out Ashwin again, on England's most spin-friendly ground. This team is unbelievable. You pick your five best bowlers, @ashwinravi99 has to be the first or second name. Omitting him & @MdShami11 at the Oval is like a death-wish -- as if you want to lose!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 2, 2021
"I can't believe they left out Ashwin again, on England's most spin-friendly ground. This team is unbelievable. You pick your five best bowlers, @ashwinravi99 has to be the first or second name. Omitting him & @MdShami11 at the Oval is like a death-wish -- as if you want to lose," Shashi Tharoor tweeted.
Ashwin had picked up a six-wicket haul in a County Championsip game ahead of the England Test series but he was overlooked for the first three Tests.
The off-spinner's last Test appearance was in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, where he picked up four wickets and scored 29 runs. However, India lost the summit clash by eight wickets.