IND vs WI: It is possible that Ravichandran Ashwin will play a big role in the upcoming T20I games – Saba Karim

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Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper batsman Saba Karim has said veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin appears to be part of captain Rohit Sharma’s T20I plans in all formats of India National Cricket Team.

Ashwin made his comeback to the T20I side after 8 months in the first game of the T20I series of five games against the West Indies at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Friday 29th July. He managed to score crucial 13 runs with the bat and then take two huge wickets from Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer to help India win the game by 68 runs.

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Speaking to India Sports News, Karim said the veteran off-spinner is a wicket-taker and could play a big part in the T20I games for Team India. He claimed:

“Ravichandran Ashwin still appears to be part of Rohit Sharma’s plans. A captain wants bowlers who can pick wickets in this format, and Ashwin is an option to take wickets. It is possible that Ashwin will play a big part in the upcoming matches. He can get you wickets and has a lot of experience.”

Karim went on to say that spin bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has not performed well with the ball in his last few T20I appearances. Karim said he was happy to see skipper Rohit supporting Jadeja to bowl during the power play to give him confidence. He said:

“It was good to see Rohit Sharma Ravindra supporting Jadeja bowling during the power play. It seemed that Jadeja had little confidence in the way he bowled in his last few T20I matches.

“Rohit wants to instill confidence in the protagonists. So he brought him on the attack early on with a spin-promoting wicket. It is a big plus if the skipper supports you in this way.”

I am happy to see that in addition to his decisiveness, his captaincy has also been very good – Saba Karim

Saba Karim
Saba Karim. [Photo: IANS]

Saba Karim praised Indian National Cricket Team skipper Rohit Sharma for his captaincy and his sensational batting performance in the first T20I against the West Indies. He claimed:

“Rohit Sharma hit really well in the first game. But I’m happy to see that in addition to his decisiveness, his captaincy has also been very good. The wicket was difficult to save and players from both sides struggled to adapt to the conditions. But it looked like Rohit hit a completely different wicket.

“Openers take some time to get used to. He took no time and played exceptionally well. He has made it clear that there will be an attacking approach whatever the circumstances.”

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