Aakash Chopra says “There is no need to play R Ashwin” in T20 World Cup. Chopra believes R Ashwin should not be picked on the Indian side. For the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand. Ashwin made a comeback during the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 after a gap of four years. He was picked in the playing XI against Afghanistan. After being ignored for the first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand. Chopra was asked by a fan if Ashwin should be picked. It is for the T20I leg of the series against the Kiwis. Also, considering his performance against Afghanistan.
“In my opinion, he should not be. I feel there is no need to play R Ashwin because you are not searching for anything from him. You know everything about Ashwin. He is a very good bowler and will do well whenever he comes,” Chopra said.
Furthermore, Ashwin snared two wickets. While conceding just 14 runs in his four-over spell against Afghanistan. He has scalped 54 wickets in the 47 T20Is he has played for Team India. Chopra highlighted that some of the key New Zealand players. It might be rested for the T20I series against India.
“New Zealand will rest some of their main players. They played the IPL first and then the World Cup, there will be some tiredness. It will also depend on where the team reaches and the same nucleus will play Test cricket as well,” Chopra said.
“Even Ashwin has to play Test cricket. So, I will say to make Ashwin rest. You can play Rahul Chahar, Yuzi Chahal, Axar Patel, or Varun Chakravarthy you can play anyone,” Chopra added.
And then Chopra added that Ashwin also deserves a rest. Ahead of the Test series. He indicated by stating that Ashwin might have to sit out the T20I series. Even if he is in India’s long-term plans for the shortest format of the game.
“Lastly, if he is in your scheme of things for the future, he will still have to leave this series because there are two Test matches after the three T20Is – back to back. The final here will be on the 14th and that series will start from the 17th, it is starting too early,” Aakash Chopra said.