‘I don’t see him making the final 15’: Former Australia captain on R Ashwin’s chances of playing in the ODI World Cup


Ravichandran Ashwin was the best bowler for India in the second ODI against Australia, taking three wickets.  (AP Image)

Ravichandran Ashwin was the best bowler for India in the second ODI against Australia, taking three wickets. (AP Image)

Aaron Finch feels that the Indians can include Ashwin as a mentor in the group for his vast experience, but it is going to be difficult for him to make a place in the 15-man squad.

Former Australian captain Aaron Finch has given a big statement on the chances of Ravichandran Ashwin getting a place in India’s ODI World Cup team. World Cup-bound teams will have to submit their final squads for the mega ICC event on Friday. Axar Patel’s recent quadriceps injury has opened the door for Ashwin to make a sensational last-minute entry into India’s World Cup squad. Axar suffered an injury during the Asia Cup and missed the first two ODIs against Australia after the final of the tournament. However, the BCCI is still assessing his medical condition as to whether he will be fit for the World Cup. If he fails to pass the fitness test, the BCCI may consider including Ashwin in the World Cup squad as his replacement.

Finch suggested that it will not be easy for Ashwin to make the World Cup squad, but his presence in the current squad for the Australia series will definitely help other players.

“I think he (Ashwin) may struggle to make the final 15, but as someone who has played a lot of cricket, I think he is in the Indian team for this current series against Australia. The rest of the group together can learn.” “So much about the big game,” Finch said on Star Sports.

The 2021 T20 World Cup-winning captain feels that Indians can include Ashwin as a mentor in the group for his vast experience, but it is going to be difficult for him to make a place in the 15-man squad.

“Because Ashwin is a player who performs well in big matches, whether it is a Test match or a T20 match, he has done that throughout his career. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s there as a mentor in the group right now, but unfortunately, I don’t see him making the final 15,” he added.

The former Australia captain picked the fast bowlers worth noting in the ODI World Cup, he picked India’s Mohammed Siraj apart from three other leading fast bowlers.

“I think Trent Boult, Mitchell Starc and (Kagiso) Rabada, these guys, especially (Mohammad) Siraj, he is as good as any player in the world at the moment,” he said.


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