I somehow don’t think he will now make a comeback in the Indian limited-overs team because India have found in Hardik Pandya the all-rounder at No.7, there is Ravindra Jadeja and then they will have three seamers or maybe one spinner and two-seamers,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.
Ashwin has a poor record in white-ball cricket – he has 150 wickets in 111 ODIs at an average of 32.91 while in T20Is, he has taken 52 wickets at 22.94. However, in limited-overs, India have preferred the likes of left-arm spinner Jadeja, legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal with Kuldeep Yadav to in the mix of things.
Ashwin though continues to break records in Test cricket. With 17 wickets, he’s currently the leading wicket-taker of the ongoing India-England four-match Test series and is the fourth highest run-getter with 159 runs that includes a match-winning century in the second match that helped his side draw level at one-all.
Ashwin played one of his best knocks in the second test against England as he completed his fifth century in tests in a turning track at Chennai. He also bagged a fifer in the first innings making the third instance for him to get a five-wicket haul and a century in a test. His all-round performance earned him the man of the match award and his recent batting form has been good with a fighting knock at Sydney to save India.