The WTC final between India and Australia is being played from Wednesday (June 07). Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl in this match at London’s Kennington Oval ground. Interestingly, in this match, the Indian team is left with four fast bowlers and one spinner. In fact, India are playing without Ravichandran Ashwin in the final match of the World Test Championship 2023 tournament.
R Ashwin has not been included in the playing eleven of the Indian team. So many cricket fans are not happy with this decision. Because, Ashwin’s stats in Test cricket are very impressive. Not only this, he is also ranked number one in the ICC Test bowlers rankings.
In the current conditions in England, the fast bowlers will have more advantage, but Ravichandran Ashwin can contribute a lot in batting as well as bowling. After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma said, “We will bowl first. We have taken this decision considering the situation and environment here. I don’t think the pitch will change much. You want to play good cricket and make your place at the top.”
“We have gone into this match with four fast bowlers and one spinner. The spinner is Ravindra Jadeja. Ravichandran Ashwin is always difficult to keep out of the team. Because, he has done a winning performance for the team in the past many years. What is necessary for the team, only the decision is taken. Rahane’s arrival has added experience to our team. Because, he too has played 80 Test matches and has done brilliantly for the team.”
Netizens’ reactions after Ashwin’s dismissal
A user tweeted, “Ashwin should have been replaced by Umesh.”
— Abhi (@jhootha_hi_sahi) June 7, 2023
Another tweeted, “Big mistake to drop the top-ranked bowler in Tests. Ashwin will definitely be missed.”
Big mistake by dropping World no 1 test bowler.. Ashwin will be missed badly for sure..
— Krishna Prasad S (@ThelordPrasad) June 7, 2023
Another tweeted, “Wrong to kick out Ashwin. He is a match winning player. He knows how to play under pressure. Rohit should get himself out for the sake of the country.”
Dropping Ashwin is a blunder, he is a match winner and knows how to play in such pressure situation, instead Rohit should have opted himself out in the country’s interest.
— Nikhil (@mukeshman007) June 7, 2023
One even said, “It’s a big mistake not to play Ashwin.”
A huge mistake not Ashwin
— Hemraj Kumawat (@hknehra33) June 7, 2023
— Cric_tok (@cric_tok) June 7, 2023
Rohit Sharma is playing his 50th Test match
Interestingly, this match is very special for Rohit. Because, he is playing his 50th Test match. He has performed well in all three forms of cricket for the Indian team so far.
🚨 Milestone Alert 🚨
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2023
Talking about R Ashwin, he is second in the list of ICC men’s test all-rounders. Ashwin has played many such matches, leading the team to victory on his own. He has always batted and bowled well. (spinner ravichandran ashwin not in playing 11 in wtc final 2023 read rohit sharma statement)
Heavy! Rohit became the fifth Indian captain to achieve ‘such’ feat, the highest record held by ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni
Rohit won the toss and the record went to Virat, what exactly happened?