Team India’s injury concerns are getting worse day by day. While Jasprit Bumrah has a fractured thumb and is a doubtful starter for the first Test, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on the other hand, has back injury and is not in the Test squad.
Now if reports are to be believed offfspinner R Ashwin also has injury concerns. The off-spinner has played no part in the ongoing warm-up game against Essex after taking a knock on the right hand during practice.
Off late Aswhin was in the news when critics said to drop Ashwin from the Test squad and bring in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the longer format of the game as well. While Yadav is in the squad for the England series, Chahal is yet to break into the Test squad.
However, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has backed Ashwin and said that you can’t let him fade so easily.
“You can’t let Ashwin fade away so quickly, because 300 wickets is not a matter of joke,” Ganguly told Cricbuzz.
“Ashwin has a place in the side. He will reinvent himself because he feels challenged, he knows Kuldeep is up for his Test spot. You saw the leg spin in the IPL, he will get better and he deserves a lot more opportunities.”