Why didn’t R Ashwin play in England? Only Virat and Shastri can answer

While reviewing the Test series between India and New Zealand, former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has stated that he was often surprised by R Ashwin’s repeated exclusion from the Playing XI during Ravi Shastri – Virat Kohli era.

Butt made this comment when a fan asked him about Ashwin’s ouster during the last Test series in England.

“Well, what can we say? We kept saying he should have been played. I say this time and again, he is as good as anybody with the ball as a spinner. Probably even the best spinner at the moment. Why didn’t he play? Only coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli can answer that better,” opined Butt.