England vs India 2021: Nasser Hussain Bats For Ravichandran Ashwin’s Inclusion For Oval Test

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Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain reckoned that Ravichandran Ashwin should be included in the playing XI for Team India when they take on England in the fourth Test at The Oval. India was left licking their wounds last week when they were subjected to an embarrassing innings defeat at Headingley.

Hussain was specifically interested in Ashwin’s capabilities against the left-handers, something England has five of. Considering the pace bowlers need to be rotated in order to keep them fresh, India might consider making a few changes.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Nasser Hussain
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Credits: Twitter)

The fact that Ashwin is also a handy lower-order batsman, who can be brought in to fix the visitors’ batting woes, is also a bonus. In his column for The Daily Mail, Hussain stated:

But what India do have is an off-spin bowler ranked No. 2 in the world and a batsman good enough to have made five Test centuries in Ravichandran Ashwin. He should have played at Headingley against England’s five left-handers and he must play at The Oval.

“Most likely solution is Ashwin will come in for a seamer” – Nasser Hussain

R Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. (Image-PTI)

Prior to the start of the series, Ravindra Jadeja was the doubtful starter if India decided to go in with a four seamers-one spinner combination. However, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who was left out mostly due to Jadeja’s superior batting, which would be needed if the six specialist batsmen failed to contribute.

However, as was exposed in Headingley, India has a long tail. The fact that Mohammad Shami comes in at No.8 is quite concerning, despite the fact that he scored his second Test fifty at Lord’s a couple of weeks ago. Therefore, the most suitable change according to Nasser Hussain would be Ishant Sharma.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

So the most likely solution is that Ashwin will come in for a seamer, most likely Ishant Sharma who struggled at Headingley and join Ravindra Jadeja in a more balanced looking side with a deeper batting line-up as long as Jadeja recovers from his knee injury,” he added.

The fourth Test begins on September 2, Thursday, at The Oval in London.

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