Star India off-spinner R Ashwin has finally opened up about his omission from India’s Playing XI during the WTC 2023 Final against Australia. Ashwin was benched for the summit clash with Shardul Thakur coming in his place. But even after so many permutations & combinations, India lost the fixture by 209 runs & there by the mace went into Australia’s kitty.
After their defeat, several former Cricketers said that Ashwin’s exclusion is the real reason behind India’s loss. But Ashwin was very optimistic & termed his exclusion as a stumbling block in his career and not a setback.
“For me, it’s not a setback. It’s just a stumbling block, I’ll move on because I have gone through that. When somebody knocks you down for the first time, you have a knee-jerk reaction. I think you should be knocked down once in a while along your life so that you are used to it and will know how to bounce back.,” Ashwin told the Indian Express and Hindu.
R Ashwin was willing to play in the WTC 2023 Final
Further talking about the crucial WTC 2023 final, Ashwin said that he would have loved to play in the game & help India reach the finals. He further said that since 2018 his overseas records were outstanding & he has played a huge part in helping India to qualify for the WTC 2021-2023 Final.
“I would have loved to play because I have played a part in us getting there. Even in the last final I got four wickets and bowled well. Ever since 2018-19, my bowling overseas has been fantastic and I have managed to win games for the team. I am looking at it as a captain or coach and I’m just talking in hindsight, in their defense. So the last time when we were in England, it was 2-2 with a drawn Test and they would have felt four pacers and one spinner is the combination in England. That is what they might have thought going into the final,” he added.
For the unversed, Ashwin was a part of India’s squad in the WTC 2021 final where Ashwin finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker for India in the summit clash. He scalped two wickets in each innings & ended with figures of 4-45 from 25 overs.
R Ashwin enjoys stellar average in England among SENA Nations
Despite Ashwin’s good show in the WTC 2019-2021 final, Ashwin failed to book a place in the five-match Test series against England in 2021-22 with Shardul Thakur and Ishant Sharma fixing a place in the Playing XI. But Ashwin didn’t lose hope & bounce back in the WTC 2021-2023 cycle where he ended up scalping 61 wickets in 13 matches & ending as the highest wicket-taker.
Among the SENA countries, Ashwin enjoys the best average in England where he has sclaped 18 wickets in 11 innings at an average of 28.11. But all these factors were ignored while selecting the Playing XI for the WTC 2023 Final & the results are in front of us.