The non-selection of No. 2 ranked Ravichandran Ashwin for the fourth Test against England raised more than a few eyebrows on Thursday. Instead, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav were brought in the squad while Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma were omitted. However, Ashwin’s exclusion by Virat Kohli and management was questioned especially after the visiting team faced humiliation in the Third Test where the hosts managed to level the series 1-1.
Mr Shashi Tharoor called the decision a “death wish.”
“I can’t believe they left out Ashwin again, on England’s most spin-friendly ground. This team is unbelievable. You pick your five best bowlers, @ashwinravi99 has to be the first or second name. Omitting him & @MdShami11 at the Oval is like a death-wish — as if you want to lose!”
“I really hope it works but I am flabbergasted that India have gone in without Ashwin again,” a seemingly shocked Harsha Bhogle.
But you are here for the memes, right? There were many, many of which directly targeted skipper Virat Kohli.
Ashwin is a great bowler.
Even Kohli can’t pick him.#INDvENG
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) September 2, 2021
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) September 2, 2021
Umesh Yadav after being selected over Ravi Ashwin for the 4th Test : pic.twitter.com/ndyrJOXipG
— Varad Ralegaonkar (@varadr_tistic) September 2, 2021
Ashwin is an IT engineer. Kohli is letting him feel comfortable by making him sit on the bench
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) September 2, 2021
— CA Akhil Pachori (@akhilpachori) September 2, 2021
People: Ashwin ko team mein nahin liya, Virat Kohli should read the conditions properly
Virat Kohli : pic.twitter.com/2m7tPlrpNP
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiiParindey) September 2, 2021
Year 2040 Ravichandran Ashwin…….. pic.twitter.com/AGRexmTSB9
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Kohli when asked about Ashwin: England has four left-handers…..and Jadeja is a good match-up against these batters. pic.twitter.com/3V0AXvARCY
— Manya (@CSKian716) September 2, 2021
— Armaan shaikh (@Ash20431817) September 2, 2021
— Dharun_pb ❁ (@dharunpb10) September 2, 2021
Meanwhile, Joe Root won the toss for England and put the hosts to bat first. You can catch the live action here.