R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja not out of 2019 World Cup race, says bowling coach Bharat Arun
Team India workforce’s bowling coach Bharat Arun has revealed that regardless of the current success of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav within the shorter format, it does not sign the tip of the highway for veterans R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. While skipper Virat Kohli has backed his wrist spinners to be the x-factors within the upcoming World Cup in 2019, Arun believes that the duo are nonetheless not out of the race and have an opportunity to comeback into the squad.
Adressing the media on the eve of the fourth ODI at Johannesburg, Arun defined, “At that point of time we wanted to try out all the talent we had and then wanted to decide who we wanted for the World Cup. We had a good pool of bowlers and given the volume of cricket we are playing, we needed to keep rotating the bowlers and keep them fresh for every format. These two bowlers showed a lot of promise and we thought that in these conditions wrist spinners would do a lot more than the finger spinners. They have come to the party here. It is not that Ashwin and Jadeja are out of the race, they could still be in the team.”
However, he was additionally fast to reward the position of the wristspinners within the workforce and mentioned, “They are extremely positive, not afraid to flight the ball, not afraid to impart extra spin to gain something. And they are not dependent on the wicket. They get a lot out of the air. These bowlers have really understood their roles, understood the conditions well and I can only say they have performed exceptionally well.”
“They have troubled the best batsmen in the business back home. And we were extremely confident they would come here to South Africa and would make inroads into their batting,” he added.