The legend spinner Ravichandran Ashwin sheds some light on the world cup playing XI; he believes team India will remove up to 4 players from the squad in an attempt to increase the likelihood of winning. Ashwin seems to be against the Bazball approach (to play with freedom) and believes that team India can never adopt that approach due to the difference in playing style.
India will be playing the first T20 match of the West Indies series tomorrow and will most likely play their next ODI in the Asia Cup. It will be very interesting to see the final playing XI for the world cup; team India should announce it somewhere in September.
Ravichandran Ashwin on World Cup playing XI
In a recent YouTube video, Ashwin took the time to speak about the playing xi for the upcoming world cup in great detail and revealed that selectors will be removing players from the team.
“We are playing Test cricket very well,” Ashwin said, as quoted by indianexpress.com. “But we will go through a transition soon. And things won’t be easy during that phase. There will be a few issues here and there.
But let’s assume India adopts Bazball during this phase. Let us assume a player throws his bat at everything like Harry Brook and gets out and we lose two Test matches. Ashwin further said: What will we do? Will we back Bazball and the players?”.
“We will drop at least four players from our playing XI. That’s how our culture has always been. We can’t copy others style of play just because it worked for them. It works for them because their management is fully in with this style of play, their selectors back the players to play this way.
In fact, even their crowd and Test match watching public are backing the team in this process. But we can’t do this”.