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After Travis Head and Steve Smith put Australia ahead on the first day of the Ultimate Test, famous cricketer Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indian think-tank for selecting senior bowler Umesh Yadav in the ICC World Test Championship final versus Australia. In resuming their legendary battle with Pat Cummins and Co. in the WTC final at The Oval, Rohit Sharma’s Team India made a bold statement by fielding a side absent of Ravichandran Ashwin.
When Australia travelled to India for the high-profile Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the second edition of the WTC, Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief. While renowned cricketer Sourav Ganguly believes India blew it by not selecting a match-winner like Ashwin, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes the Asian giants fell into a trap in the WTC final.
Looking at India’s performance on Day 1 at Stumps, batting icon Sunil Gavaskar shared the same comments, slamming Rohit and Co. for disregarding Ashwin in the summit showdown. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar spoke to Star Sports about senior bowler Umesh, who failed to make an impact after replacing Ashwin in the Indian XI against Australia.
Sunil Gavaskar: ‘You don’t look at the pitch for players like him’
“India blew it by not playing Ravi Ashwin.” He is the top-ranked bowler in the world. You don’t look for players like him on the pitch. You’re in the World Test Championships final, and you don’t pick the best bowler in the world. This choice by Team India is beyond my comprehension. “I would have chosen him over Umesh Yadav, who was out of action and appeared to be out of rhythm,” Sunil Gavaskar remarked.
Ashwin was also ignored by the Indian think tank during India’s tour of England, as the veteran all-rounder did not appear in any of the four Test matches against the Three Lions. In Test cricket, Ashwin is the most effective bowler against left-handed hitters.
“This Australian team has four left-handed batters, and he has traditionally done well against them.” “It’s shocking that this side doesn’t have an off-spinner,” Sunil Gavaskar continued. In Ashwin’s absence, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja batted as the solitary spinner on Day 1 of the WTC final at The Oval. Australia had reached 327-3 in 85 overs thanks to sensational knocks from Smith (95*) and Travis Head (146*).