Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin put up a spectacular show in the second ODI against Australia to help India seal the series 2-0. With his brilliant performance, Ashwin who has not been in India’s scheme of things in the 50-over format for long, made a strong case for selection in the squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup.

As Ashwin claimed three wickets in the Indore ODI, he went on to shatter an all-time record that was held by former India captain Anil Kumble.

With figures of three for 41 against Australia, Ashwin played a pivotal role in India’s convincing 99-run victory against Australia via DLS. With these three wickets, Ashwin went on to capture 144 wickets against Australia in international cricket.

The record was earlier held by legendry leg-spinner Kumble who has 142 wickets against the Aussies. Now, Ashwin has the most number of wickets for an Indian against a single opponent in international cricket.

With this brilliant show against Australia, Ashwin is hopeful to book a berth in the Indian squad for the World Cup. Meanwhile, former Australia captain Aaron Finch doesn’t think that would happen.

“I think that depends on how they think the surfaces are going to play throughout the country, and by that time, I think the skill in picking a squad for the World Cup is you have to think of the back end. But you can’t think too much about it because you have to get there,” said Finch during an interview.