Ravichandran Ashwin has been experiencing varied emotions in the last 3 months. After playing the WTC final vs New Zealand, Ashwin got himself ready for the England series by playing a county match for Surrey while his other .
teammates were spending vacations. However , when the test series started, Ashwin continued to be in the wilderness as one test was played after the other and India winning two of them.
India is now leading the series 2-1 with the last test to be played at Manchester. The weather is expected to be a bit wet on the first two days after which it will improve. This is a pitch which spins on the last two days and hence India is finally looking at Ashwin.
India has already seen in this series that England does not have the batting firepower to challenge India in the 4th innings if there is a decent target to chase. Hence even if the conditions are cloudy India are likely to bat first. They have so far batted successfully in cloudy conditions at Lords and Oval and therefore there is no reason they can’t repeat that. Moreover, if England bats 4th the Ashwin, Jadeja combo will make their batters feel in the subcontinent .
Hence now there is every reason to believe Ashwin is finally making an appearance in this series and India may go with 3 fast bowlers with Shami coming back probably for Siraj.
The selection in the T20I world cup squad will definitely have Ashwin pumped and that positively will carry in the Manchester test which starts on 10 September