R Ashwin should have played: Fans slam team management for benching star India spinner in 5th Test

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fans slam the Indian team management for benching Ashwin
  • R Ashwin did not play a single match on the England tour
  • Ashwin is the number two ranked bowler in ICC Test rankings

Indian cricket fans slammed the team management for benching Ravichandran Ashwin in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston. Ashwin was missed by the fans after Indian bowlers struggled for a wicket as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow smashed unbeaten fifties to boost England’s hopes of pulling off a record chase in the rearranged fifth Test against India at Edgbaston on Monday.

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

Chasing 378 for victory, England got off to a flying start before the loss of three quick wickets forced them onto the back foot. Root, batting on 76, combined with Bairstow in a 150-run stand for the unbroken fourth wicket to put England’s chase back on track. India wasted two reviews trying to get Root lbw and Bairstow got a life early in his innings when Hanuma Vihari spilled an edge in the slips.

England’s highest successful run chase came in 2019 when they reached a 359-run target in an Ashes test against Australia on the back of Stokes’s brilliant unbeaten century. The tourists are 2-1 up in the series, which could not be completed last year following COVID-19 cases in the India camp ahead of the final match at Old Trafford.

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