In a much-talked-about statement, Sharma noted that R. Ashwin is still in the lineup. The team management is reportedly still willing to include an off-spinner in the squad for the one-day matches in Australia and the World Cup, but has not yet decided whether it will be Washington Sundar or R. Ashwin. India feel that the control that Ashwin is offering will be needed at some point in the World Cup when conditions become slower.
As an all-round spinner, Ashwin is in the lineup, I spoke to him over the phone. Axar’s injury happened at the last minute and Washington was available, so he had to come in and fulfill that role for us. He was ready for cricket as he was part of the training camp at the Asian Games (in Bengaluru). I was very clear in explaining to the players their roles. Everyone is aware, Rohit said.
In place of Axar, Washington Sundar, who joined the team on Sunday, flew to India. Washington is participating in the Asian Games, the linksThe fact that he found a place in the squad as soon as he arrived showed how much India valued his all-round skills. In the series against Australia, with Axar not around, it will be interesting to see who the selectors turn to.
While Axar’s injury is a concern, Rohit said Shreyas Iyer, who suffered back spasms during the Colombo match, is close to reaching full fitness. Shreyas had been practicing on the net for the last three days but was still unable to prepare for the match. Shreyas was not ready for this game because certain parameters were set for him. I think he fulfilled most of them today. I would say he’s 99 percent ready at this point. But he looks good, he’s been batting and playing the field for a long time, and he was on the field long before we got on the court. I don’t think that is a concern for us, Rohit said.
In the three ODIs against Australia, there is a strong possibility that India will Will give rest to some key players.including Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya.