Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has expressed his concerns over the recurring injury situation of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, stating him spending more time off the field than on it is a worrying sign, especially during India's overseas tours.
Ashwin, who was the first name in India's playing XI in Test cricket up until 2017, has endured a miserable 2018 with some below-par displays. Further, he has missed a number of matches due to his fitness, something which is a major cause of worry for Ganguly.
"Ashwin is not doing his reputation any good. Ravichandran Ashwin is worrying me now, he can't be the premier spinner and get injured so many times on big tours: England, South Africa and now Australia. The team needs him against left-handers...he is not doing his reputation any good," Dada wrote in his column in TOI.
The off-spinner missed the third Test in the series against South Africa, fifth Test against England, and has not been available for team selection in the second and the ongoing third Test against Australia.
His absence has hampered India's performances in their overseas tours. They lost 2-1 against South Africa, 4-1 against England, and also lost the second Test against Australia in the ongoing four-match series.
Though, the Indian team seems to be faring pretty well without him in the ongoing third Test against Australia in Melbourne. Having won the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli chose to bat, and the batsmen vindicated his call with a slow, but steady batting display.
At stumps on Day One, India were 215 for 2, with Kohli unbeaten on 47 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 68. Prior to that, debutant Mayank Agarwal scored a well-made half-century before departing for 76.