With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 just a year away, BCCI will be keen on deciding the best combination that can win India the world cup. With two testing tours to come up against England and Australia, followed by a home series against the Aussies, it may just be a bit too early to tell. But in recent years, the Indian Premier League has had a big say in the selection of newer set players who have gone to shine at the senior level. Two such examples are Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Both of them gained prominence after remarkable performances in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings. They both formed the core of a lethal bowling lineup which almost always yielded good results.
The two bowling all-rounder emerged as a top spinner for the Indian cricket team. Both of them had their moments with the team India and delivered goods when needed. The spin duo off late finding it hard to get into the national team setup with the wrist spinners getting more important in the limited version of the cricket. The finger spinners are devalued in front of the more attacking option in form of wrist spinners. The two were expected to use the Indian Premier League 2018 as the ticket to the Indian limited-overs side but they are finding it hard to perform in the tournament.
An Average Season for the veterans
This season, however, things were different as the CSK management decided to retain only Ravindra Jadeja. While Jadeja has played all the matches so far this season, Ashwin too has been leading his new team well. Both teams sit comfortably in the top half of the table and are favorites to make it to the playoffs. But if we dig a bit deeper, and have a look at their individual performances, things do not look good for either of them. Ashwin has given away a total of 224 runs and taking 5 wickets in the process. His best performance came against Delhi Daredevils with figures of 0/19 off four overs, but overall, his economy rate has been on the higher side. Ravindra Jadeja, on the other hand, has played all the matches, scoring just 49 runs and bowling just 13 overs so far conceding 109 runs altogether. His role in the team has been a big question mark for the fans, as he has neither shined with the bat nor ball. He has been known for finishing off the innings, but this season has not been good for him.
With youngsters like Mayank Markhande doing very well, and with India regulars Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal also among the wickets and a good economy rate, things only get tougher for Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to hold on to a place in the Indian team. India has a host of option and the veteran speed duo has to perform exceptionally well in the next few matches in the Indian Premier League.
Unless the youngsters perform very badly; which looks highly unlikely, both the senior players may well have to say goodbye to their national team chances in the near future.