India is playing with four pacers and one spinner in the ongoing Test series against England. Despite R Ashwin’s track record, Ravindra Jadeja has been preferred over him and the same is likely to continue of former India cricketer Aakash Chopra is to be believed. He feels Ashwin is likely to miss the third Test match as Virat Kohli will go ahead with Jadeja.
“Not at Headingley. I don’t see R Ashwin playing in the next encounter. But then there is still some time to go, there might be injuries and all of that but I don’t think India will go with the combination of two spinners and three fast bowlers,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.
“Lord’s was a good opportunity where you could have played two spinners. Pitch was also dry, the Hundred was also being played. But up north – Headingly, Leeds – where do you need spinners that much,” he added.
The Headingley pitch offers more assistance to seamers and the management is likely to stick with the same squad. Earlier, Harsha Bhogle had also stated that Ashwin will play in only one Test of the series. “With test matches at Leeds and Manchester, Ashwin will probably get one test at best, then two more at home and with this template, nothing for another year, maybe! The best spin bowler in the world!”, he had said.