Former England captain Michael Vaughan has termed the non-selection of the Ravichandran Ashwin as "madness." His statement comes after India did not field him in the XI for the fourth Test match in a row during their ongoing tour of England and continued to stick with their template of four pacers and a spinner in Ravindra Jadeja. While many had expected Ashwin to be in the XI after India received an innings defeat at the Leeds in the third Test, there was no mention of the off-spinner when captain Virat Kohli was asked about the changes to his team.
Reacting soon after the toss, Vaughan said that the non-selection of Ashwin has to be the greatest non-selection ever witnessed in the United Kingdom across the four Test matches. To drive home his point, Vaughan even highlighted Ashwin's records.
"The non selection of @ashwinravi99 has to be greatest NON selection we have ever witnessed across 4 Tests in the UK !!! 413 Test wickets & 5 Test 100s !!!! #ENGvIND Madness …," he wrote.
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What other people think of me as a captain is irrelevant: Joe Root
Earlier England captain Joe Root had taken an indirect dig at Vaughan for his comment that Root will not be counted as among the best England captains until he wins the Ashes Series.
"What other people think of me as a captain is irrelevant. My job is to give everything to the team, and if that is not good enough for some people, it is something I have done, and I will be proud of that," Root said ahead of the fourth Test match.
Root has been in splendid form in this season and has already scored six centuries in the calendar year and after three Tests against India in the ongoing series, he already has over 500 runs at an average of 126.75. Moreover, after his tactics were questioned when England lost the second Test match at Lord's, the three Lions bounced back in dominant style to register an inning and 76 run win in the Headingley Test. The series stands level at 1-1.