India started their Champions Trophy 2017 campaign with a dream victory over Pakistan in which the men in green lost by 124 runs.
It was a complete team effort which saw all the batsmen and bowlers perform extremely well. However, India’s spin spearhead Ravinchandran Ashwin was not included in the playing XI and the reason for this was explained by Virat Kohli a day before India’s second match against Sri Lanka, when he addressed the media.
Kohli praised the premier Tamil Nadu bowler, who was also exceptional during India’s long home season, for understanding the dynamics of the team and revealed that he backed his decision.
“Everyone knows that Ashwin is a high-class bowler and he is very professional as well. Ashwin understood the dynamics of the side that we picked in the last game and he was absolutely fine with it. He told me I support you in whatever you do and that’s always been our equation”, Kohli revealed.
“Yes, we have our own disagreements on the bowling front as he has his own plans in place, but in this case, when team selection come into play, he is very professional and understands what the team demands. One nice thing about him is that he always puts the team ahead of himself and he was the first guy who said that I don’t have any problems in the combination you go in with,” Kohli continued.
When Indian XI was announced before the game against Pakistan, fans were surprised as Ashwin was left out. But Kohli revealed that Ashwin was overlooked since the Pakistan batsmen are good players of spin and since they had many right-handers in their XI , they went with Jadeja instead.
India next play Sri Lanka at the Oval on June 8, and if they win it, they secure a berth in the semi-finals.