Will Ashwin’s absence become costly for India? Michael Vaughan agrees
India and England are engrossed in a gripping test match at the Oval, the 4th test of the series. After a fine century stand between Pant and Thakur on a flat batting track, India finally managed to set a stiff 4th innings target on England of 368 runs.
However, in the remaining 32 overs of batting, the England openers. Who are considered as the weakest link in their batting lineup,. Managed to play very well and remained unseperated at 77/0.
With the pitch playing true but with bowlers footmarks around the batting crease. India will look to put pressure on the last day by bowling Jadeja in long spells. However now Virat Kohli must be missing Ashwin big time.
Test matches at Oval have traditionally helped spinners in the last two days. India’s historic win here in 1971 was a classic example when Chandrasekhar ‘s match-winning 6/38 on the 4th day finally won India the match. Hence it was a staggering decision by the Indian think tank to go without Ashwin for this test. Ashwin’s recent overseas test record has been of high quality and with him. Bowling alongside Jadeja in tandem would have been too much for the currently fragile English batting lineup to survive on a 5th-day Oval pitch.
Not long ago Ashwin tormented England at home taking 32 wickets in the series. Which would have weighed on the minds of the England batsmen. Will Ashwin’s absence become costly for India? Michael Vaughan agrees.
England former captain Michael Vaughan has also spoken on this subject saying that England would not have been thinking of winning this test and Ashwin played. He questioned Kohli and team managements decision to bench Ashwin, who is yet to play a test in this series. Vaughan also feels that even on this batting pitch Ashwin would have made a difference. His tweet below says it all.