Ravichandran Ashwin is yet to play a Test in the ongoing five-match series against England.© Ravichandran Ashwin/Twitter
Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed he was in contention to play in the second Test between India and England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground till a sudden spell of rain before the toss changed the team composition. Having missed the opening Test, many anticipated that Ashwin might get a chance in the second game after Shardul Thakur was ruled out due to injury. “The funny thing was, before the match, they were like, ‘There’s a heatwave. You please be ready mate. You might play.’ Upon coming to breakfast in the morning, rains started lashing out,” said Ashwin in his YouTube show, “Kutti Story”.
“I asked, ‘Won’t you tell about heatwave after it came? Why gave me hope only for it to end in disappointment,'” he added in a jovial manner.
The first Test had ended in a draw but India staged an incredible comeback to win the second match.
The third Test between the two sides will get underway from August 25 at Headingley and England named a 15-man squad for the match.
Yorkshire batsman Dawid Malan returned to the Test squad for the first time in three years. Lancashire seamer Saqib Mahmood has also been included. Mahmood is yet to make his Test debut but will be aiming to add to his England credentials, having already made his ODIs and T20I debuts.
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