‘I don’t see Ashwin in India’s World Cup 15. He might be there as mentor’: Ex-Australia captain on Axar’s replacement


The former captain of Australia has voiced his concerns about the rising star from India taking Axar Patel’s spot in the World Cup team.The former captain of Australia, who happens to be a contemporary of Ashwin, has voiced his concerns about the rising star from India potentially taking Axar Patel’s spot in the World Cup team.

Is Ravichandran Ashwin doing enough to guarantee his spot in the Indian World Cup team, which may undergo a few last-minute alterations? The senior spinner, who is renowned for controlling the game in Indian conditions, has found that an injury to all-rounder Axar Patel has been a gift in disguise. India, the two-time winners, will host the 2023 World Cup starting next month, and the Men in Blue have already reached Rajkot, their penultimate destination.

In the last 50-over match before the ICC World Cup, India will take on Australia, encouraged by the return of both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Ravichandran is vying for a position on the same Indian lineup after being passed over by selectors in a World Cup team that had no off-spinners. Superstar Ashwin asserted his dominance by masterminding Australia’s top order to collapse in the series finale against India at Indore on Sunday, despite the absence of spinner Axar. Ashwin has improved his chances of being selected for the ICC World Cup after receiving praise for his valiant bowling performance against Australia.


It may be difficult for Ashwin to reach the final 15.

Ravichandran may punch his tickets to the World Cup if Axar is unable to demonstrate his match fitness in time. Aaron Finch, the former captain of Australia, thinks Ashwin would struggle to make the 15-man World Cup roster. Prior to the third One Day International (ODI) between Australia and India, Finch made a daring comment against an impressive Ashwin in an interview with Star Sports.

As someone who has played a lot of cricket, Finch stated, “I think he (Ashwin) might struggle to make it to the final 15, but I think the rest of the group that is with the Indian team for this current series against Australia, they could learn so much about big gameplay.”

The in-form Ashwin leads India to a decisive victory against Australia.

Following Ravichandran’s display of excellence against the five-time world champions, Finch made these comments. In the series finale in Indore, Ashwin deceived top batter Marnus Labuschagne. David Warner, who attempted to counterattack the in-form spinner in the rain-marred match, was defeated by Ashwin when he dismissed Labuchagne with a pearler. The 37-year-old was India’s best bowler as KL Rahul and company crushed Australia by 99 runs to grab a commanding 2-0 lead against them.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if…”

“Because Ashwin has shown throughout his career to be a player who can rise to the occasion in crucial games, whether they be T20 or Test matches. Therefore, I wouldn’t be shocked if he was now serving as a coach to the group, but I don’t see him making it to the final 15, regrettably,” said Finch, who helped Australia win the T20 World Cup in 2021.

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