Former India batsman and Delhi Capitals' assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has backed Ravichandran Ashwin to make a comeback in the T20I side. Hailing Ashwin as a 'valuable asset' for India in the shortest format of the game, Kaif highlighted the off-spinner's performances for Delhi this season, especially in Powerplays.
In the recently-concluded IPL edition in the UAE, Ashwin scalped 13 wickets in 15 games at an economy of 7.66. The DC team management decided to utilize the 34-year-old in the initial overs and he duly obliged.
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"Virat, Rohit, Pollard, Gayle, Warner, QDK, Karun, Buttler, Smith, Paddikal, Pooran. Read and re-read @ashwinravi99's list of big scalps from IPL 13, mostly in power plays. Feel Ash can still be a valuable asset for India in T20Is," Kaif tweeted.
Virat, Rohit, Pollard, Gayle, Warner, QDK, Karun, Buttler, Smith, Paddikal, Pooran. Read and re-read @ashwinravi99’s list of big scalps from IPL 13, mostly in power plays. Feel Ash can still be a valuable asset for India in T20Is.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 18, 2020
The wrist-spinner duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has been regular for India with the white ball, confining Ashwin only to the traditional format. He hasn't played a limited-overs game for India since 2017, and his last ODI and T20I appearance was against West Indies.
Meanwhile, Ashwin has been slotted into the Test squad for the much-awaited Australia tour, set to start with three ODIs and as many T20Is from November 27.
The four-match Test series will get underway from December 17 and Team India players have already started sweating out in the nets ahead of their gruelling two-month tour. In a recent training video, Ashwin was spotted throwing volleys at KL Rahul with a tennis racquet.