ICC World Cup 2023: Ravichandran Ashwin’s unexpected inclusion in India’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 has elicited various reactions across the cricket fraternity. At the forefront of this discussion is none other than Sourav Ganguly, the former skipper of the Indian cricket team.
A Surprise Move Garnering Attention
The sudden recall of Ashwin into the World Cup squad has created ripples in cricketing circles. While some raised eyebrows, stalwarts like Ganguly see it as a tactical masterstroke.
Kickstarting the World Cup
ICC World Cup 2023: As the World Cup sets in motion with the face-off between the previous edition’s finalists – England and New Zealand, the eyes are steadily turning to India’s opening encounter against Australia on 8th October. The venue, Chennai, with its reputation for assisting spinners, only heightens the curiosity surrounding team selection.
A Spin-Heavy Strategy for India?
Given Chennai’s traditionally spin-friendly conditions, analysts and experts are betting on India fielding a trio of spinners for their inaugural match. Among them, Ashwin’s inclusion seems almost certain, marking his remarkable return to the ODI fold, all the way into the World Cup squad.
Ganguly’s Seal of Approval
ICC World Cup 2023: Speaking about Ashwin’s unexpected call-up, Ganguly was effusive in his praise. “Ashwin is an exceptional talent. Currently, he might just be the world’s premier off-spinner, let alone India’s. I’ve always regarded him as an intricate spinner, especially for one-day internationals. Axar Patel’s injury might have been a twist of fate, but roping in Ashwin feels like the right move,” Ganguly opined.
Ashwin’s Road to Redemption
It’s noteworthy that Ashwin was away from the ODI scene for a staggering 18 months before the recent series against Australia. Initially overlooked for the World Cup squad, a twist of fate in the form of Axar Patel’s injury during the Asia Cup saw Ashwin’s recall for the Australia ODIs. He didn’t disappoint, delivering compelling performances, thereby cementing his place in the World Cup roster.
ICC World Cup 2023: As the World Cup proceedings get underway, Ashwin’s journey will undoubtedly be one to watch. With endorsements from cricketing greats like Ganguly, the expectations are sky-high. Whether Ashwin rises to the occasion and validates Ganguly’s faith remains the million-dollar question.
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