Should have played R Ashwin: Fans slam team management for selling India’s star spinner in 5th Test

England vs India: Fans slammed the Indian team management for selling star off-spinner R Ashwin in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston.

Should have played R Ashwin: Fans slam benching star India spinner for team management (Reuters Photo)

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  • Fans pull up Indian team management for selling Ashwin
  • R Ashwin did not play a single match on the tour of England
  • Ashwin is the No. 2 bowler in the ICC Test Rankings

Indian cricket fans slammed the team management for selling Ravichandran Ashwin in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston. Ashwin was remembered by fans after Indian bowlers struggled for a wicket as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored unbeaten fifties to bolster England’s hopes of breaking a record in the fifth Test against India at Edgbaston on Monday. The expectation of the chase increased.

R Ashwin, the number two Test bowler and number two all-rounder in the longest format of the game, was not picked in India’s playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test against England, which meant the ace spinner did not play a single match on tour

Chasing 378 for victory, England got off to a great start before the loss of three wickets forced them on the back foot. Batting on 76, Root put on a 150-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Bairstow and got England’s target back on track. India lost two reviews trying to lbw Root and Bairstow came to life early in her innings when Hanuma Vihari took the lead at the slips.

England’s highest successful run chase came in 2019 when they reached the target of 359 runs in the Ashes Test against Australia on the back of Stokes’ scintillating unbeaten century. The Tourists lead 2-1 in the series, which could not be completed after COVID-19 cases in the India camp before the final match at Old Trafford last year.