Ravichandran Ashwin, the veteran spinner, who was not part of India‘s preliminary squad for the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, might return to the playing eleven for the upcoming match against England. Ashwin was named as a replacement for Axar Patel, who suffered an unfortunate thigh injury just before the World Cup. Ashwin played in India’s opening game against Australia, where he took 1 for 34 in his 10 overs.
However, since then, he hasn’t featured in any matches as India has preferred the Kuldeep Yadav–Ravindra Jadeja combination, which has been successful. India has won all four games with this combination, placing them at the top of the points table.
TOI reports said
The Times of India reported that Ashwin is likely to return to the playing eleven for the England game. The expectation is based on the conditions in Lucknow, where the match is to be held. Ashwin’s proficiency with both bat and ball could make him a valuable addition to the team. This could potentially result in Suryakumar Yadav being left out.
The report also noted that Mohammed Shami is expected to be a regular feature in the playing XI, regardless of the pitch or opponent. Shami didn’t play in the first four games but made a significant impact in the fifth game against New Zealand, taking a remarkable five-wicket haul to help India secure a victory.