India recalled Ravichandran Ashwin after the gap of four years for the next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and it took everyone by surprise.
Ashwin last played in the T20 setup in 2017 against the West Indies at Kingston. He has picked up 52 wickets in 46 T20 internationals.
However, the former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar is a little skeptical about the inclusion of a veteran off-spinner in the playing XI.
“Ashwin's return is a good thing but we'll have to wait and see if he gets a place in the playing XI. You have selected him in the 15, that's alright, you chose him in the squad in England as well but are not giving him the chance in the XI,” Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.
“So, he’s perhaps just given a consolation cup to make up for the disappointment that he might have here (in England). Will he play in the XI? Only time will tell,” he added.
Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named team mentor and will work closely with support staff and head coach Ravi Shastri.
“MS Dhoni being the mentor is bigger news than Ashwin's selection because a captain, who led India to the 2011 World Cup and 2007 T20 World Cup wins, if he's in that camp, then India will immensely benefit from it,” he said.
The tournament, which begins next month, was scheduled to be held in India but the Covid-19 situation in the country forced organisers to shift it to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Inaugural champions India begin their bid for a second title in a Super 12 match in Dubai against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.