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ICC World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin On Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma Missing T20I Matches: “Getting Ready For The 50-Over World Cup”


In order to focus on the ODI World Cup 2023, senior batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli decided to forgo their T20I matches. Indian offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin supported their choice. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma wanted to focus on the 50-over World Cup, according to Ravichandran Ashwin.

In the 2022 T20 World Cup semifinal match against England, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made their final appearances for India. Over this time, the batting pair missed five straight T20I series. They will be available for selection during the T20 World Cup in 2019, Rohit recently disclosed.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s song “The Right Thing To Do”
Ravichandran Ashwin discussed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s omission from the current India T20I lineup in a video posted to his YouTube account.

“Both [Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma] skipping and getting ready for the 50-over World Cup is a good decision and personally, both of them know their cricket very well since they have been playing for such a long time,” added Ashwin.

So, he continued, “They are utilising their expertise and want to focus on the 50-over World Cup, which is precisely what they should do.

The final two One-Day Internationals of the recently finished three-match series against the West Indies were also skipped by Rohit and Virat. Notably, they didn’t bat in their usual spots in the lineup to give the young players an opportunity.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s Automatic Selection Is Mohammed Siraj
The 36-year-old named the bowling lineup for the Indian side for the World Cup, adding that Mohammed Siraj will be the team’s first-choice seamer.

“We also understand the spinners. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. We have a backup spinning all-rounder in the form of Axar Patel, he continued.

Bumrah, Shami, and Siraj. In the past 11 to 12 months, Bumrah hasn’t played much. Mohammed Siraj has thus been our go-to marquee player at this time when it comes to the 50-over format. We can’t, in my opinion, look past him. He is a lock to be selected.

In Jasprit Bumrah’s absence, Mohammed Siraj oversaw the team’s bowling assault in the ODIs this season. Earlier this year, he also reached the top spot among ODI bowlers.
The Return Of Mohammad Shami – Ravichandran Ashwin
Mohammed Shami, according to the seasoned spinner, earned a vacation from the most recent West Indies tour in order to stay fresh for the upcoming international competition at home later in the year.

“During the West Indies series, Mohammed Shami received a break. It seemed to be a much-needed respite for him as he prepared for the World Cup’s main event. Therefore, Mohammad Shami will return, he said.

Mohammed Shami last appeared for India against Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. For the forthcoming Asia Cup, which will start on August 30, he will rejoin the national team.

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