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WATCH | Ashwin is Still India's No.1 Spinner & Should be Part of Team: Kumble

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He is still the best spinner that you have. Yes, there have been a few incidents where he has had injuries & not performed to his potential, but Ashwin is your number 1 spinner in the team. He should be a part of the squad, he should be in the playing XI, you have to make a way of getting him in.

GK: Now, this Ashwin situation is quite intriguing for those sitting on the outside. In fact, even the message from the management seems to be that he has fallen in the pecking order when it comes to India picking only the one spinner overseas. What's your view Anil? Do you believe that the decision making is fine, given the performances that Ashwin has had over the last year and a half or do you believe that India needs to find a way to get him back into the XI, especially in these overseas Test matches?

AK: He is still the best spinner that you have. Yes, there have been a few incidents where he has had injuries & not performed to his potential, but Ashwin is your number 1 spinner in the team. He should be a part of the squad, he should be in the playing XI, you have to make a way of getting him in.

I strongly believe that the team certainly can have two spinners in the squad, because both Ashwin & Jadeja are wonderful batsmen. Ashwin has had four Test hundreds, Jadeja has been really consistent with the bat. He did that again in the West Indies, he's a wonderful bowler too & both of them in tandem can certainly be handful for the opposition.

So yes, when India travel outside, it's not always that you get 4 bowlers to pick up 20 wickets. Ideally, if you have a combination of 3 fast bowlers & 2 spinners, wherein your 2 spinners can also contribute with the bat, that's the perfect scenario. And you have 2 front-line spinners who are equally good as batsmen, so I think it's just a matter of time, I strongly believe that Ashwin will certainly make it into the playing XI. So, the management needs to look at that and I am a bit surprised that someone with the ability and quality of Ashwin is sitting out in a Test match.

first published:September 07, 2019, 17:33 IST