Former India spinner explains reason behind Ravichandran Ashwin missing ODI cricket amidst surprise recall for Australia series

Ashwin has played the 2011 World Cup and won the tournament for India. He last played an ODI in 2022 against South Africa.

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Ravichandran Ashwin hogged the headlines as he made a surprise recall to the Indian ODI side against Australia. The off-spinner last played an ODI for India in 2022 against South Africa. With Axar Patel currently on the sidelines with a quadricep strain there is a chance that the 36-year-old could get a toe into India's World Cup squad.


Ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia, Amit Mishra threw light on the reason behind R Ashwin's omission from the ODI squad. When it comes to the 2023 World Cup, the first game will be played between England and New Zealand. When it comes to India, they will face Australia in Chennai which will be their first fixture.

Ashwin has got an edge as an off-spin option - Amit Mishra

"Ravichandran Ashwin is undoubtedly a quality bowler and a wicket-taker, but remember this is not a 20-over game. It is of 50 overs. You have to bowl for 10 overs and field for 40 overs and might have to bat as well. No doubt he has been around for so long, has been a wicket-taker as well, but there is that matter of fielding as well and that is why a young player might be picked,"  Mishra said in an interview with Hindustan Times.


"The only reason he has been picked is because if a spinner gets injured, then the team needs to have a wicket-taking option, which Ashwin brings. Ashwin has got an edge as an off-spin option, as India already has two left-arm spinners and a wrist-spinner in Kuldeep Yadav," the former wrist-spinner added. India's spin cabinet could be dry after Ashwin retires.

Ashwin has been called out for his fielding in ODIs in the past. The man from Tamil Nadu is also on the heavier side of 36. This means that if he makes the cut for the 2023 World Cup this could well be his last. If India wants experience over youth then Ashwin could get the nod ahead of Sundar unless otherwise. The 2023 World Cup will be held in ten venues in India.


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