Ravichandran Ashwin, who is not a part of the One Day International squad, is in England for a county stint. Meanwhile, team India thrashed Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI by 9 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli remained not out on 132 and 82 respectively. But it seems that former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that Ashwin’s future is bleak, owing to his fitness. The outspoken Harbhajan Singh recently in an interview to a national English channel explained why he felt so.
“I was present at the Champions Trophy commentating and I could get a feeling around that there could be a possibility in due course that both Jadeja and Ashwin don’t play on good pitches. Jadeja is a far better fielder, he can bat, he is a left arm spinner who is good in one-day cricket. So Jadeja is a package in ODI cricket,” claimed Harbhajan Singh according to his recent interview with India Today.
“We have been hearing Virat Kohli harping on fitness with Yuvraj Singh not getting past the fitness mark and R Ashwin is probably not the quickest on the field and all these considerations will come back. If Kuldeep Yadav keeps performing then I think there will be pressure on either R Ashwin or Jadeja and Jadeja’s fielding and batting could just be a bit more beneficial to him,” continued the Turbanator.
“It is a good opportunity for Kuldeep Yadav to showcase his talent and start winning games for India. He has done well in whatever limited opportunities he has got. He is different to the other spinners who are usually wrist spinners or finger spinners but Kuldeep is someone who bowls Chinaman and he brings a lot to the table in terms of variety so hopefully he will be good,” concluded Bhajji.