‘TIME’S UP FOR ASHWIN & JADEJA’
Wassan says Kuldeep and Chahal should play in 2019 WC
Former pacer also suggests Kohli to ‘calm down’ People might say diplomatically they (Ashwin and Jadeja) have a chance, but on serious note, I don’t see any chance unless one of Kuldeep or Chahal gets injured. — ATUL WASSAN, former India pacer
GIVEN the consistency with which Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been performing, it seems really difficult for Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to get back into the Indian XI in ODIs. These are words of former India pacer Atul Wassan.
For a country infatuated with batting, the performance of two young, bold wrist spinners must be a revelation. India’s bowling, ironically, was spearheaded not by their talented pacers but by two newcomers, who have repaid Virat Kohli’s faith by snaring 30 wickets between them from a mere five matches. Kuldeep is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 16 wickets while Chahal is a close second with 14.
This has led to serious doubt over the future of two senior spinners – Ashwin and Jadeja. If India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun is to be believed, the duo is still in the race for 2019 World Cup. Wassan, however, thinks otherwise.
“People might say diplomatically they (Ashwin and Jadeja) have a chance, but on serious note I don’t see any chance unless one of Kuldeep or Chahal gets injured,” Wassan told MAIL TODAY on the sidelines of the launch of Sudama Premier League on Wednesday.
Wassan, who is also the chairman of selectors at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), further said that the team management should let the duo play around 50 matches in different conditions before the World Cup.
“The credit should go to the team management and Virat for backing India’s core strength – spin bowling in alien conditions. And here we have two wrist spinners who have delivered pretty well,” he said.
“I think the management should now let these two (Kuldeep & Chahal) play 50-60 games in different conditions before taking them to the World Cup. They must be having a big heart now after making South African batsnmen dance to their tunes in South Africa. They aren’t afraid to flight the ball despite being belted for runs in the fourth game,” he added.
Asked if India could have included either of the duo in the Test series, Wassan said: “In hindsight, they could have included one of the mystery spinners. One year back, no one must have thought Ashwin and Jadeja would have to fight for their place but that’s a healthy competition to have,” he added.
The former Indian cricketer also congratulated the Indian team for creating history in South Africa, winning ODI series. “I salute to the team selection and Virat for their achievement. There was a mindset in our time that go and win one match and that will be enough but this team has changed the mindset. Now people believe that India can go in other countries and win the series. At the same time I want to suggest Kohli that sometimes he becomes so aggressive and animated on the field. He should control it as the other team members who actually are not as aggressive fake it to impress the captain, which is not good,” he added.
Wassan was here to inaugurate the Sudama Premier League which kicked off with an exhibition match between the organisers and the Delhi Sports Journalists Association (DSJA).
The tournament, comprising of 16 teams, aims at encouraging talent from financially backward classes by a non-profit organisation Prasar, (People’s Right and Social Research Centre). The promoters have taken the novel way of sourcing players from the BPL and EWS categories for the cricket tournament by holding selection trials.
R Ashwin (right) and Ravindra Jadeja haven’t played limitedovers cricket for India for the past eight months.
Yuzvendra Chahal (right) and Kuldeep Yadav have shared 30 wickets so far in the ongoing India-South Africa ODI series.