Why Ashwin Is Not Considered In T20 Format For India, Here's The Answer
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the all-time great bowlers and is already considered a modern-day legend. Yet, in the last few years, he is not considered in the T20 format to play for India.
Despite being a bowler who has taken more than 400 test wickets and has figured out a variety of variations to deceive the batsman, the T20 format hasn't been favorable to Ashwin.
R Ashwin has played 46 T20I games for India, 2010 to 2017, and has taken 52 wickets at a strike of 19.7. It means that he took one wicket per match. His economy - 6.97 - is pretty decent for the format but his inability to take wickets means batsmen had figured out his variations and had no problem facing him.
During his T20I career span between 2010 - 2017, the emergence of wrist spinners had already started to get visible. Yuzvendra Chahal made his debut in 2016 and played 14 matches for India till 2017. He picked up 26 wickets at a strike rate of 12.3 - the best among the spin bowlers with more than 10 wickets in between the years of 2010 to 2017.
The top three spin bowlers were all wrist spinners including Chahal of India, Zulfiqar Babar from Pakistan(13.0), and New Zealand's Ish Sodhi(13.0).