World Cup 2023: Ashwin Exceptional Performance in ODIs Sparks Talk of World Cup Comeback

In the second One-Day International (ODI) match against Australia, Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling performance left everyone impressed, raising the possibility of his comeback to the World Cup team. In a game where both teams fielded a total of 11 bowlers, Ashwin was the standout, maintaining an economy rate of less than 6 runs per over. He managed to dismiss key Australian batsmen like David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, and Josh Inglis, contributing significantly to India’s victory.

Although Ravichandran Ashwin is not included in India’s 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup 2023, his stellar performances have ignited discussions about his potential inclusion. The reason for this debate is the absence of a specialist spinner in India’s declared World Cup squad, despite the fact that spinners can be lethal against left-handed batters.

Ashwin’s inclusion in the team would also address concerns about the fitness of other spinners, particularly Axar Patel, who sustained an injury during the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh.

It’s worth noting that all ten participating teams in the World Cup have the option to make changes to their declared squads until September 28th, subject to approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC). After September 28th, any modifications require ICC approval.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s vast experience has prompted several cricket veterans to suggest his inclusion in India’s World Cup 2023 squad. However, his age and fielding abilities might pose challenges to his selection, as Ashwin is currently 37 years old.

In ODIs, this Chennai-based spinner has taken 155 wickets in 115 matches. His performance of 4 wickets for 25 runs remains his best in this format. In Test cricket, he has 489 wickets, and in T20 internationals, he has 72 wickets to his name. Ashwin’s impressive records across formats make him a valuable asset for the Indian cricket team, raising hopes of his potential comeback in the upcoming World Cup.

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