With less than 3 months left for the start of the T20 World Cup, Indian captain Rohit Sharma will have his eyes on picking his best 15 players. According to media reports, the ICC has fixed 15 September as the last date for the selection of the World Cup squad. In such a situation, Rohit Sharma has only one month left. There is talk in the cricket circles that the picture of the T20 World Cup team will be almost clear from the squad of the Asia Cup 2022, but the real problem will be in the spin department. Actually, the Asia Cup is to be held in the UAE where India can also land with three spinners, but the T20 World Cup is in Australia and any team there will hesitate to field even two spinners. In such a situation, how many spinners India gives place in the World Cup squad, it will be a matter to be seen.
Ashwin’s return leaves many spinners cut
After the T20 World Cup 2021, Ashwin played only two T20Is against New Zealand. Since then, this off-spinner was constantly running out of the shortest format of cricket, but suddenly Ashwin returned in the T20 series against West Indies. In Chahal’s absence, Rohit replaced Kuldeep, Ashwin above Axar. Bishnoi was definitely given a chance in the first match, but after that he was also sidelined. Ashwin has so far played in the Windies, taking 3 wickets in three T20Is with a great economy. With the return of Ashwin, spinners like Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Ravi Bishnoi have almost been cut from the T20 World Cup team.
Sword hanging on Yuzvendra Chahal too
Chahal was also cut from the T20 World Cup 2021, Rahul Chahar was given a chance in his place. This year too, the sword hangs on Chahal. Actually, Ashwin has the ability to bat as well as bowl. Because of which Ashwin is being told one step ahead of Chahal for the World Cup squad.
Talking about the records of both the bowlers in Australia, both of them have not played much matches at the home of Kangaroos. Ashwin’s economy in Australia is 7.40 in 5 matches, while Chahal’s economy has been 9.75 in three matches.
Asia Cup will decide Chahal and Ashwin’s future
With just a few days left for the Asia Cup to begin and Rohit Sharma will be on the UAE soil in search of his spinners. Jadeja’s place is confirmed in the team. In such a situation, there will be a battle between Ashwin and Chahal for another slot. Chahal has been a consistent part of the team in 2022, taking 15 wickets in 12 matches this year with an economy of 7.12. Now it will be interesting to see which spinner Rohit will bet on.