While India prepares to play England in a tough 5 match T20 series, Ravichandran Ashwin continues to find himself out of the shortest white ball format . Though India admittedly possess quality spinners in their squad but Ashwin’s recent form in Tests vs Australia in Australia and England at home plus his consistency in IPLs does raise a good case for him to be a part of T20 set up .
Ashwin has taken 138 IPL wickets and is 6th in the all time list at an economy of 6.87. He had successful IPLs in 2019 & 2020 taking 15 and 13 wickets respectively at seven and a half economy and continued to look very skilful with his wide range of variations . His batting which did stagnate in last couple of seasons is again back at his best as we have seen in Australia and at home vs England in particular.
The only argument that can go against Ashwin is his slow movements on the field which can get costly in a T20 setup. He is not a natural athlete and he will be the first to admit that . However Ricky Ponting the Delhi head coach and himself a legendary fielder, seems to be very happy to have him inspite of his fielding shortcomings and Ashwin is delivering well for Delhi Capitals .
With Kuldeep Yadav out of favour in T20 , Ashwin can add huge value if he becomes a part of T20 set up as he is bowling as well as ever and more importantly looking like getting wickets any time . Ashwin and Yazuvendra Chahal bowling in tandem can weave magic in the T20 format with their penetration which can rattle the best of batting lineups .