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Ashwin or Shardul in Ind playing XI? Follow live updates

Ashwin or Shardul in Ind playing XI? Follow live updates

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IND vs ENG LIVE: Ishant Sharma out, toss up between Shardul & Ashwin for Indian Playing XI, follow live updates
IND vs ENG LIVE: Ishant Sharma out, toss up between Shardul & Ashwin for Indian Playing XI, follow live updates

IND vs ENG LIVE – Will Ashwin Play? Naseer Hussain, Ashish Nehra, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman all have batted for R.Ashwin’s inclusion in Indian Playing XI for the 4th test – but the Indian team think tank is still undecided. According to sources in team India, it will be a toss-up between Shardul Thakur and Ashwin after having another close look at the wicket on Thursday morning – Follow India vs England 4th test LIVE Updates on InsideSport.co

IND vs ENG LIVE: Ishant Sharma out, toss up between Shardul & Ashwin for Indian Playing XI, follow live updates

 

IND vs ENG LIVE – Will Ashwin Play? Despite of Ravindra Jadeja’s failure with ball in first 3 tests, despite of Ashwin being ranked as No. 2 bowler in the world – uncertainty over the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin, currently the world’s best spinner continues. 

 

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Jadeja just has two wickets from his 76 overs in the three Tests and it is unlikely that he will be sidelined because the team management trusts his batting more than Ashwin’s.

Also Read: IND vs ENG 4th test: Can Virat Kohli & Co break 50 year old jinx at Oval? 

This means Ashwin’s inclusion in the team will be solely dependent on one fact, whether India will go in with 4 pacers or 2 spinners in Oval. 

 

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said that “world No. 2 spinner” should have played in Headingley and that he must play in the fourth Test. 

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“What India have is an off-spin bowler ranked No. 2 and a batsman good enough to have made five Test centuries in Ashwin. He should have played at Headingley against England’s five left-handers and he must play at the Oval,” Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. 

 

“The most likely solution is that Ashwin will come in for a seamer” 

 

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But Bowling coach Bharat Arun felt that the hosts were “wary of Ashwin’s abilities” and team is not expecting pitches which assist spinners. According to Arun, ‘Ashwin’s inclusion will be dependent on how the pitch and condition’s look on the morning of the match”

 

On the other hand it is decided that Ishant Sharma will be rested & is not in consideration for the 4th test. 

 

 

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IND vs ENG LIVE: Why Ashwin can be a answer to Joe Root? 

 

Root already has scored 507 runs in the series with 3 consecutive centuries in 3 tests @ average of 126.27. Indian attack has not been able to stop the England captain. 

 

In the current Indian squad no one has dismissed Root more than Ashwin. The senior off-spinner has dismissed Root five times in 16 Tests. 

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Also on the same ground just about a month-and-a-half ago, Ashwin had picked 6 wickets playing for Surrey in the County Championship against Somerset. The Indian team management would be naive not to pick him for the fourth Test.

 

Possible Playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

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