For the ODI World Cup, which begins on October 5, India’s 15-player roster did not include Ravichandran Ashwin. However, after all-arounder Axar Patel suffered an unlucky setback, his chances of participating in the main event have improved.
Axar was originally selected for the 15-man World Cup roster, but the 29-year-old is currently in a fight against time to make it to the major tournament after suffering an injury during the Asia Cup. He was unable to play in the current three-match ODI series against Australia and was replaced by the seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner from Tamil Nadu, who has so far played in the first two ODIs, has displayed excellent form.
Aaron Finch, a former Australian captain, thought Ashwin would struggle not qualify for the World Cup, but the athletes who will compete in the illustrious competition could benefit from his knowledge. Finch continued by saying Ashwin might serve as a coach for the “Men in Blue” during the World Cup.
Throughout his career, Ashwin has proven to be a player who performs admirably in crucial games, whether they be Test matches or T20 contests. Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was serving as a group mentor at the moment, but, regrettably, I don’t see him making it to the last 15 players.
Ashwin performed brilliantly in Indore after giving up 47 runs for one wicket in Mohali as part of his quota. with final statistics of 3/41 in seven overs. The Australian batsmen who were trying to score against him appeared to be at sea since he exploited his variations to good effect.
If Axar doesn’t recover in time after such notable performances, Ashwin might very well make a late entry into the Indian World Cup team. India, who leads Australia 2-0 in the series, will try to sweep Australia by winning the meaningless third ODI on September 27 in Rajkot.