Ravi Shastri Drops The "B*****" Word While Debating India's Asia Cup 2023 Spin Combination With Ex-BCCI Selector
There is a lot of speculation around the Indian cricket team's Asia Cup 2023 selection. While many more teams have declared their squads, the BCCI is still waiting, especially as the fitness of a few prominent stars making a comeback from injury is a concern.
That list includes Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer. With India's Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka on the horizon, the BCCI selectors may be tempted to go with an extra spinner.
This was recently discussed by former BCCI chief selectors Sandeep Patil (2012-16) and MSK Prasad (2016-2020), as well as former India coach Ravi Shastri.
Patil chose three spinners: Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal. Shastri stated that four spinners, including Axar Patel, are an option. Prasad, for one, argued for the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin, but Shastri disagreed.
"I'm still hoping for Ashwin's inclusion." Because you're playing in Asian weather. He is one of the few pitchers that can be efficient against left-handed batters.
Left-handed batters abound in Australia. We've seen it before. Ashwin will be beneficial. He is in the best of spirits.
He is of the appropriate age. "This is especially important if we are plating in Sri Lanka and India," MSK Prasad told Crichistory.com
"The only thing that comes to mind is Ashwin's experience." It can be useful. Is it necessary to have two wrist spinners? That is one area in which I am considering.
Jadeja, Chahal, and even Axar have similar playing styles….What about left-handed people? We'll miss him if he doesn't come."
Shastri responded, "I think it's Kuldeep's job to sort out the left-handers."
However, MSK Prasad went on to explain, "That's the only option we have right now." However, statistically, even the best left handers struggled against him. Let's not forget that we'll be playing in India and Sri Lanka, both of which suit his bowling."
"Sometimes this left-hander, right-hander thing is a little overplayed," Shastri added. To be honest, as a left-arm spinner, I got enough left-handers out.
This assumption that lefties can't bowl to lefties is, in my opinion, nonsense. Off-spinners, according to that belief, cannot bowl to right-handers."
On September 2, India will face Pakistan in their first Asia Cup match.