With the sudden influx of immense talent into first class and mainstream cricket for Team India, even being great seems to be inadequate in order to become a member of the Men in Blue. The position requires brilliance beyond measure and with the margin of error negligible.January 18, 2019
While Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav have been well settled in the main team, players like Ravindra Jadeja, who have staggered just a little in the recent past, have been turned a blind eye towards by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) selectors, it is highly disappointing to see a great cricketer like Ravichandran Ashwin waste his prime years sitting at home, waiting by the telephone, just hoping to get a call for the next ODI series.
Having not played a single ODI game with Virat Kohli and the rest of the team since 30th June 2017 against the Windies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the last time Ashwin was seen representing India was on 6th December 2018 in the first of five Test-game series against Tim Paine's Australian cricket team at Adelaide Oval.
Still on the 6th position in ICC rankings for all-rounders in Test cricket format, the 32-year-old's inability to stay fit has caused him his berth in the Indian cricket team and may finally have led to him losing it for good.
Time and again, Ashwin has made various remarks over his growing vexation with not getting a call from the Indian selectors.
"It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket. It's definitely not in my control," Ashiwin had said in a press conference just days after being axed from the ODI roster in July last year.
The competition for every single spot on India's ICC World Cup 2019 roster is not so easy, to say the least and despite Ashwin coming out in public and openly showing his desire to play on the biggest stage of the cricketing world dressed in the blue jersey, he might just miss out on the opportunity to play for his country this year.
"There is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep who have done incredibly well in the last few months. Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage. Because I didn't go out on account of bad performances," a hopeful Ashwin had said on Salaam Cricket 2018.
"I'm always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. Like most of the others I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I'm a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, World Cup is something which every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it," Ashwin said.
However, with less than two and a half months left for the World Cup, no hints have been dropped by the BCCI over Ashwin's spot in the team. After waiting for two years to return to the team, the frustration may finally have broken Ashwin.
His so called “instinctive decision” to 'mankad' English batsman Jos Buttler in the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royal therefore seems to be nothing more than an agitated cry for attention.
Ashwin waited for him to get out of the crease. It is obvious for batsman to consider the ball is been released at that given moment when he completed the bowling stride. He just set a bad example as a captain! #mankading pic.twitter.com/4LXDzMcJhl— Chowkidar Devendra singh (@Devendra5611) March 26, 2019
Winning a simple league match at the cost of hatred from millions of fans of the game may not be what Ashwin had thought of heading towards Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the amount of attention the incident has gathered may bring back the spotlight on the Indian all-rounder.