I would have brought R Ashwin back to whiteball cricket if I was the chief picker: Dilip Vengsarkar

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar said Ravichandran Ashwin, who last played in an ODI match in June 2017, would have played in white ball formats again if he was now the team’s chief selector. Indian cricket.

The 64-year-old, who held the position from 2006 to 2008, added that Ashwin has matured with age and his inclusion could very well meet Team India’s demands.

“If I was the chief selector (now), I would have brought Ashwin back (to the white ball set-up). Why not? Because he is an experienced bowler and has variety. As they say, spinners ripen late and he’s been so successful over the years. He’s in terrific form in red ball cricket. I think it will suit the team if he is brought back, ”Vengsarkar told the Sunday Express.

Indian captain Virat Kohli has been asked about the future of Ashwin’s white ball cricket ahead of the T20I 5-game series against England. The 32-year-old did not answer the question and said Washington Sundar, a non-spinner, was already in the squad and it was not possible to have two players of similar discipline.

“Washington is doing really well for us. So you cannot have two players from the same discipline playing in the same place. So unless Washy is having a terribly awful season and things turn south for him (that won’t happen), ”Kohli said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the opening. the T20I series.

Dilip Vengsarkar, who picked Virat Kohli into the Indian squad during his tenure as chief selector, disagrees with Kohli’s statement. He also made it clear that there is no match between a young Sundar and an experienced Ashwin.

“Washington Sundar isn’t a game if you compare him to Ashwin just as a bowler. Where is the comparison? Players from “the same discipline”, however, featured in the Indian squad before the Ravindra Jadeja-Axar Patel combo was a good example. So why not Washington and Ashwin? “Yeah, absolutely. In ODI, when spinners bowl, their job is to get wickets in the middle. If they fail to get wickets, then the opposition can score a huge total, with wickets in hand. So basically Ashwin’s job will be to get wickets and he’s good at it. The variety it has would make it a very good attack option and very few can match its variety. As for the spinners, you don’t contain the batsmen (in this format), especially in the mid-overs, ”Vengsarkar added.

Discussions about Ashwin’s return to ODI and T20I formats gained momentum after dismal performances by Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya.

In the 2nd ODI against England in Pune on Friday, the spin duo of Kuldeep and Krunal fled 156 races together without taking a wicket in 16 overs.