Baffles why you dont play your best allrounder (Ashwin) ………..

For a man who became the fastest Indian to take 100 Test wickets, who averages 40 as a lower-order batsman, and who has time and again fronted up under pressure in many forms, he has been managed dreadfully.  R Ashwin’s hundred and a match haul of five wickets in the first Test against West Indies in Nov 2013,  lifted him to the top of the ICC’s rankings for Test allrounders, the first time he has reached No. 1. In 19 Tests he has scored 788 runs with an average of 39.4 and a  highest score of 124. In bowling has taken 104 wickets with 9 – 5wicket haul and 2 10wicket haul.
Compare that with Jadeja who in 9 Tests has taken 36 wickets with 2 – 5wicket haul and has scored 243 runs with a highest score of 43 at an average of 28.5.
It is highly inexplicable that India’s best all rounder is a mere spectator and someone half his ability is persisted despite his repeated failures. Ashwin has single handedly won Tests for India in the past. Not sure if Jadeja has won any Test for India so far.
It smacks of Dhoni’s inexplicable decisions and his arrogance on sticking stubbornly to his decision with out any rhyme or reason. He keeps persisting with his cronies – Suresh Raina, who can forget RP Singh and now Jadeja. He has gotten away with luck many a times but has been seriously exposed in trying circumstances especially abroad where he has an enviable record of 12 losses in 13 tests. Wonder how he still retains his captaincy.
Its time Dhoni & the selectors bring Ashwin back into the team and repose faith in his ability and give him a decent run to settle down and win matches for India. Please remember that there are 5-6 left handers in the English side and Off-spin is any day better than the left arm spin of Jadeja. Also the variety that Ashwin brings (offspin, doosra, carom ball etc) will be more than effective than the treadmill approach of Jadeja.
May be they can trade Jadeja for a Binny or vice-versa and certainly not play with Ashwin.

Hope better sense prevails or the selectors instill some sense into Dhoni……….
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