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India tour of England 2014: Ravichandran Ashwin’s exclusion slammed by Martin Crowe

Ashwin will be missed by Indian team at Trent Bridge © Getty Images
Ravichandran Ashwin was left out of India’s first Test against England at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Nottingham: Jul 12, 2014

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has lashed out at the Indian team management’s decision to drop Ravichandran Ashwin from the playing XI comparing the treatment meted out to the off-spinner to a “Wheelie bin dumped on the side of the road. Someone please explain why R Ashwin is now a spectator?

Frankly, he would be my fourth automatic pick after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in this Indian Test team. He is a banker, yet he is being treated like a robber. He is being treated like a wheelie bin, dumped on the side of the road. Instead, Stuart Binny is deemed the better Test player,” Crowe wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.

Crowe didn’t mince words in his column stating Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm spin as “nothing short of ordinary”. “India have a tremendous opportunity to topple this shaky England unit. To do so they need every department covered. Normally, spin would be India’s sure thing. No longer is that case if Ravindra Jadeja is deemed your best spinner,” the 51-year-old veteran of 77 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) said.

He went to the extent of saying that Jadeja’s inclusion in the playing XI “smacks of something extremely odd”. “It smacks of something extremely odd. Jadeja can bat, often flamboyantly and recklessly, and as a leftie at No. 7 he can do some damage. But his left-arm spin is nothing short of ordinary. At best he is a third-choice spinner in Indian conditions, where three are often needed.

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