India’s selection dilemma: Ashwin or Jadeja?
Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja — it’s always a big problem for India Test side, whenever they travel away from the subcontinent. Ashwin was played in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington, but as his performance left a lot to be desired, now the question arises again if he should be left out to make room for Jadeja.
In the Wellington Test, Ashwin conceded a golden duck in the first innings off Tim Southee’s bowling. In the second innings he was dismissed once again by the same bowler, this time being trapped lbw scoring 4 off 11 deliveries.
However, as far as bowling is concerned, Ashwin did not fare that bad. In fact, he was the second best bowler of his side after Ishant Sharma, finishing with figures of three for 99 in New Zealand’s first innings. He did not have to bowl in the second innings of New Zealand’s 9-run chase. And it is without any doubt that Ashwin is a much better bowler than Jadeja.
While he can remain in the second Test just for the sake of his bowling which proved fruitful even in Basin Reserve, but the main concern is his batting, which has slipped away considerably over the last two years. During the same time period, Jadeja has made a lot of progress with the bat in hand, which could very well work against Ashwin’s case.
Since 2017, Ashwin has only scored 573 runs at an average of 17.36, with a solitary half-century to his credit. Jadeja, on the other hand, has bolstered his batting credential, scoring 996 runs in 31 innings at an average of 49.80. Besides he also notched up 10 half-centuries and a century.
With Indian batsmen struggling poorly in New Zealand conditions, and they also do not have a productive tail, the addition of Jadeja might add some much needed power to their lower order batting, which at the moment could be the doctor’s order.
Now it remains to be seen if Kohli continues to keep faith in Ashwin or give Jadeja the chance he deserves.