Ashwin Must be Selected for 2019 Cricket World Cup – Gambhir

Former opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday supported Ashwin’s reappearance to the ODI squad ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English circumstances.

Ashwin last played for India in ODI in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since then become main spinners for India in limited overs format.

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Both wrist-spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal) have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner – irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event. He (Lyon) is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner. I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So, a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well, said Gambhir.

Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not among the runs in the ODI series in contradiction of Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket as he was not part of the Test series.

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