Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squad

first_imgGautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadGautam Gambhir said a finger-spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions during the World Cup. Ashwin last played for India in an ODI in July 2017.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 21:26 IST Ravichandran Ashwin has not played for India since June 2017 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s World Cup squadGambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions”I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner,” Gambhir saidFormer opener Gautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s one day international team ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Gambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions.Ashwin last played for India in coloured clothing in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since become frontline spinners for India in limited-overs format. While Ravindra Jadeja has managed to make a comeback in the shorter formats, Ashwin has not.”Both wrist-spinners [Kuldeep and Chahal] have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event.Gambhir cited the example of premier Australia tweaker Nathan Lyon, who recently made an ODI comeback following his stellar performances in the longest format.”He [Lyon[ is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner.”I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well,” said Gambhir.Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not amongst the runs in the ODI series against Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket since he was not part of the Test series Down Under.advertisement”I am a little disappointed because some of the guys should have played first-class cricket. Being away from Test cricket should have actually pushed them to play first-class cricket.”Whoever was selected to play [only] white-ball cricket, because it is a World Cup year, I think it should have pushed all these guys like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu all those who went to Australia – to play first-class cricket,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Ravichandran Ashwinlast_img read more

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