Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 18 wickets in 7 Tests in England.

"How can you drop the Number 1 bowler in the world?" - Fans erupt as Team India drops Ravichandran Ashwin from WTC 2023 final

Ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been benched by Team India for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia at the Oval in London, beginning Wednesday, June 7.

This came after the Indian think tank included four pacers and a lone spinner, i.e., Ravindra Jadeja, in their bowling unit for the one-off Test.


Speaking at the toss, India captain Rohit Sharma said:

“Four seamers and one spinner. The spinner is Jadeja. It's always tough (to leave Ashwin), he's been a match-winner. But you got to do the things that's needed for the team and eventually, we came up with that decision.”

The development comes even as Ashwin has taken 114 wickets in 22 Tests against Australia. The off-spinner picked up 25 wickets during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year.


In England, the 36-year-old has 18 wickets in seven Tests. In addition, he is also a handy lower-order batter with five Test tons.

Fans on Twitter expressed their disappointment as Ravichandran Ashwin missed out on India's playing XI for WTC final. One tweeted:

"Baffling to say the least. How can you drop the Number 1 bowler in the world regardless of the conditions?"
India has dropped Ashwin! That's baffling to say the least. How could you drop the Number 1 bowler in the world regardless of the conditions? Not to mention the level of skillset he brings to the table. #WTC23 #INDvAUS

Here are some of the other best Twitter reactions:

It's tough to be Ravi Ashwin. Annachi, feel for you. #WTCFinal2023 #WTCFinal #Ashwin
Will miss Ashwin destroying the lefties and fooling Smith and Marnus but it had to be done. Tough but correct call from Rohit and Dravid. #WTCFinal2023
Sixth consecutive Test in England without Ashwin in the XI. Your thoughts?

@rohitadhikari92 @mufaddal_vohra Bro troll mat Karo last final me strategy fail thi Ashwin or jadeja ko ek saath 11 me lane ka
Ashwin must stay at home during overseas tours so he can fully focus on his YouTube channel.
@praddy06 Good call. Ashwin in useless in England esp in these conditions. Jaddu is a better batsman.
Australia has 5 LHB in their side. Would have gone with Ashwin regardless of the pitch and overhead conditions. #WTCFinal2023
Ashwin could be better choice over rahane
ravi ashwin during the last WTC finals in England.
1st innings - 22 runs with the bat, 15-5-28-2 with the ball.
2nd innings - 10-5-17-2.

India opt to bowl against Australia in WTC 2023 final

Team India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl against Australia in the WTC final on Wednesday. Shardul Thakur has been included as the fourth seamer, while Ajinkya Rahane made his comeback after a long gap of almost 18 months. Sharma said:

"We are going to bowl. Just the conditions and also the weather being overcast. I don't think the pitch will change too much. You have to play good cricket and come out on top.”

He added:

“He (Rahane) brings a lot of experience, he's played 80-odd Test matches and he's done well for the team. He's been out for a while, but I don't think the experience that he has can change all of that.”

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (w), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Srikar Bharat (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

Follow IND vs AUS live score updates here. India have drawn first blood after Mohammed Siraj removed Usman Khawaja with the scorecard reading 2/1.

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