India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia

India squad T20 WC: Washington Sundar vs R Ashwin: After the Asia Cup 2022 snub, the message from the BCCI selectors is…

India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia
India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia

India squad T20 WC: Washington Sundar vs R Ashwin: After the Asia Cup 2022 snub, the message from the BCCI selectors is simple to Washington Sundar. He is not in their plan for the T20 World Cup, and have been asked to work on his fitness. However, it is R Ashwin, who is going to take the flight to Australia for the upcoming World Cup, scheduled in October. Follow T20 World Cup latest updates with InsideSport.IN

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The snub of Washington Sundar does not come as a surprise at all. The all-rounder has not played any international cricket so far, and will only be making his comeback in the upcoming India vs Zimbabwe series.

India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia
India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia

“He is a great asset for India team. But at the moment, he needs to work on his fitness and wait for his chance. We have spoken to him about T20 World Cup. Ashwin will be preferred in Australia. Washington will be backup in case of injury in T20s for now,” a member of the selection committee told InsideSport.

India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia

However, Washington has already made an impression in his return to competitive cricket in the county season. He played two first class matches for Lancashire, taking eight wickets and two List A game, scalping three wickets.

Why Washington was snubbed 

  • Lack of match fitness at the international level
  • Has not played for India since IPL
  • Too much competition in the Indian team
  • Pitches in Australia will assist pacers more

So, Washington will come into the Zimbabwe series confident, knowing well that he will still be considered for the T20 squad in case there is an injury from the main squad. As of now, his primary objective is too work upon his fitness and prove to the selectors he is ready for the international workload to come back into the reckoning in the main squad.

India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia
India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia

Ashwin adds variety in spin department: Ravichandran Ashwin is the most experienced spinner in the Indian team. Though the pitches in Australia will assist the pacers, Ashwin can prove to be a handy spinner in the squad. At present, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal look favourite in the playing XI.

Besides his experience, it is the variety in his armoury, which stands tall. With the ball not expected to turn in Australia, he has good variations to utilise and trouble the batters. Also, the off-spinner can bowl with the new ball, a trait, which he has mastered over the last couple of a years.

India squad T20 WC: After Asia Cup snub, selectors inform Washington Sundar ‘not in T20 World Cup plans,’ R Ashwin set to be preferred in Australia

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