A year after heroic comeback, R Ashwin not in contention to be part of 2022 T20 World Cup: Report - Times Now

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R Ashwin isn't in contention to be part of the 2022 T20 WC squad. Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • R Ashwin isn't in contention to be part of the T20 World Cup squad
  • The senior spinner had made his T20 comeback for last year's ICC event
  • Ashwin hasn't played a T20 since 2021

A year after making a heroic comeback for the T20 World Cup 2021, R Ashwin has reportedly moved down in the pecking order again and isn't in contention to make it to the 2022 T20 World Cup squad. More than 4 years after being dropped from the white-ball teams, Ashwin made a shocking comeback for T20 World Cup 2021 in Washington Sundar's absence.

But India now have a number of options and Ashwin might not be part of this year's ICC event. As per Insidesport.in, Ashwin is not in plans as there is tough competition for the 2nd spinner's role.

“There is a lot of competition for the 2nd spinner role. And we are looking at all-rounders for that particular role. There are Jadeja, Hooda and other wrist spinners who have done better than Ashwin in white-ball. So, for now, he is not in plans for white-ball formats,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by InsideSport.

Ashwin remained a member of the T20I side after the T20 World Cup and played the three-match T20 series against New Zealand. H also toured South Africa with the ODI team. But he was dropped after the SA tour and has stayed away from white-ball teams since then.

In his absence, the selectors have been backing all-rounder Axar Patel as the off-spin option. Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal are confirmed selections while Ravi Bishnoi remains in the fray.

Kuldeep Yadav returned to form in IPL and will be a confirmed inclusion in the squad when he is fit. Washington Sundar is another option and he is also likely to make his return soon.

It's a tough road ahead for Ashwin but his experience can certainly see him make another return if he performs well. The off-spinner played a key role in Rajasthan Royals' success in IPL 2022.

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