Fourth Test: India leave out Ravichandran Ashwin once again, and Twitter is furious
Ravichandran Ashwin has to sit out for another Test match in the ongoing tour of England. And the big names on Twitter, such as former England captain Michael Vaughan and Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, are furious.
England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bowl against India as the world's number one off-spinner was ignored for the fourth time in a row.
So here's how Twitter has been reacting to the development:
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!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 2, 2021
Impossible to see Ashwin's continued absence as anything other than a huge act of self-sabotage.— Rory Dollard (@thervd) September 2, 2021
India may well win, they are really good after all, but it's just way too clever by half to leave out your 400-wicket, 5 century guy.
Still no Ravi Ashwin.. #ENGvIND— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 2, 2021
india's bench in this test of ashwin, ishant & shami have many more test wickets combined than the five man attack chosen to do duty! #ENGvIND— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 2, 2021
Ashwin is the World's no.2 bowler. But Kohli's no.7 Indian bowler.— Krishna Kumar (@KrishnaKRM) September 2, 2021
Leave aside Ashwin for a moment, this pace attack with Umesh and Shardul is definitely giving 2014 vibes.— Mr. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (@basedIITian) September 2, 2021
No Ashwin. Fucking hell. Kinda hope England body slam them now— Tom Carpenter (@Carpo34) September 2, 2021
England made two changes, bringing in Ollie Pope in place of Jos Buttler, while fit-again Chris Woakes replaced Sam Curran.
Buttler missed out to be with his wife, who is due to give birth to their second child.
India also made two changes with Umesh Yadav replacing Ishant Sharma and Shardul Thakur coming in place of Mohammed Shami. Both Sharma and Shami are suffering from niggles.
Kohli reasoned that left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is as good an option against four left-handers in the English line-up using the rough created by the fast bowlers.
The five-match series is currently tied 1-1 after England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs at Leeds.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.