Non-Selection Of Ashwin Created Outrage In Online Medium !!

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The most expected fourth test between England and India started with the hosts winning the toss and letting the visitors to bat first. While announcing the playing 11, to the shock of fans, Virat Kohli said that there are just two changes for the match from the previous one. He named Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur as the replacements for Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. The exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin came in as a surprise to fans as he was very much expected to represent the country in the decider. Hashtags, posts, tweets and memes are trending in social media platforms, condemning the decision of Indian Captain Virat Kohli and Coach Ravi Shastri.

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When he played for Surrey in July before the Test series against England, the world class spinner picked 6 wickets by conceding just 27 runs. He bagged 7 wickets in total in the only county championship game he played and the venue was Oval in London where the fourth test between team India and England is being taken place currently.

With the venue helping spinners largely, Ravichandran Ashwin who was sitting in the bench for the past three matches, was expected to be included in the playing 11. However, it didn’t go that way as Virat Kohli has backed his 4 seamers template. It is also notable that England has 4 left handers and Ashwin is known for being a nightmare with his off spin to the lefties. The surface of Oval is known for bringing the spinners into the game as it gets progressed.

Many fans and cricket experts has been expressing their disagreement over the exclusion of a man who picked 413 test wickets so far. His numbers in SENA countries has been improving since 2018 as well. “I really hope it works but I am flabbergasted that India have gone in without Ashwin again.” said cricket expert and commentator Harsha Bhogle whereas Miachel vaughan of England came up with a tweet saying that it is a “Greatest Non-Selection” he have ever witnessed.

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