Sydney: When Team India was announced for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, a name appeared in the 15-member squad that no cricket fans expected. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the team. After which the fans are very happy, not only this, the veterans are also keeping their point. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is also happy with this decision of the selectors.
Ashwin can fit everywhere: Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said India need to find a way to fit off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin into the XI. Especially after his good performance in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21 in Australia earlier this year, Chappell feels Ashwin is a good bowler in all conditions.
Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo, ‘R Ashwin is India’s best combination. He is a good bowler in all conditions, as he proved in Australia, so India need to find a way to fit him into the XI. The middle order featuring Jadeja, Ashwin, Pandya and Rishabh Pant can provide enough runs down the order for India. Chappell said, ‘This is the great strength of this Indian side. They have enough batting. In the middle order, Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Pandya and Ashwin can give a lot of strength to the team and then there will be a great balance of the team with three fast bowlers.
These trio will give strength to the team: Chappell
The 77-year-old Chappell explained the advantages of middle-order batsmen of his choice. He said, ‘The other good thing about that middle order is that you can feed anyone according to the situation. According to Kaushal, Pant is the best batsman in that lot. He is capable of restraining the demands of the situation, so he can easily handle No. 5, especially when India bat first. However, if he has had a longer stint on the field, he may go down the order allowing Jadeja to come in for five. Pandya also has the ability to handle No. 5, and can fulfill the role if given encouragement.
Another characteristic of that trio is their powerful strokeplay, Chappell said. The ability to accelerate the scoring rate is essential in Test cricket and all three are ideal players to take advantage of a good start to the innings. They are also a perfect fit for situations where the team is either chasing or setting goals.