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ICC World T20 2021: Is Ravi Ashwin's selection in the Indian squad a consolation? Sunil Gavaskar comments

Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines after being included in the Indian squad for the 2021 ICC World T20. However, Sunil Gavaskar opines whether his selection is just a consolation for England tour.

ICC World T20 2021: Is Ravi Ashwin's selection in the Indian squad a consolation? Sunil Gavaskar comments-ayh
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Mumbai, First Published Sep 16, 2021, 12:20 PM IST
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Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin was in the headlines after he was included in the Indian squad for the ICC World T20 2021 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, slated to begin next month. His selection comes as a surprise, given that he is not a regular with Team India in the format, having played his last Twenty20 International in 2017.

Ashwin's selection over leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has surprised quite a few, while many are pessimistic about his chances for the side. Meanwhile, former Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that Ashwin's selection could be a consolation, given that he did not have the opportunity in the just-concluded English Tests.

ICC World T20 2021: Is Ravi Ashwin's selection in the Indian squad a consolation? Sunil Gavaskar comments-ayh

Speaking to Sports Tak, Gavaskar said that he was delighted with Ashwin returning to the shortest format. However, he was unsure about his chances in playing XI, given that he wasn't given an opportunity in England.

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As far as Ashwin's T20I figures are concerned, he has claimed 52 wickets in 46 matches at an economy of 6.98. His overall T20 statistics are impressive, too, claiming 249 in 252 at 6.94, while in the Indian Premier League, he has 139 from 159 at 6.90.

ICC World T20 2021: Is Ravi Ashwin's selection in the Indian squad a consolation? Sunil Gavaskar comments-ayh

Meanwhile, besides Ashwin, Team India would also see the return of legendary former skipper MS Dhoni, who has been roped in as the team mentor. Having won the tournament before, in 2007, Gavaskar feels that his experience of having led the side and knowing the players would help the Indian side.

Dhoni had retired from international cricket last year. While he leads Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, it would be his first post-retirement stint with Team India.

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