Vastavam web: Ignored for India’s Twenty20 series against Australia, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was today named in the 15-member Tamil Nadu Ranji squad along with Test opener Murali Vijay for the season-opener against Andhra Pradesh, starting Friday.The team, to be led by Abhinav Mukund, would miss the services of the experienced batsman-wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounder Vijay Shankar.
The team includes exciting all-rounder Washington Sundar, who has impressed with his recent performances including in the Duleep Trophy final.The team also features aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan and another gloveman in R Rohith, who shone in the recent Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).In the absence of T Natarajan and Aswin Crist due to fitness issues, the pace attack would be led by K Vignesh, who did well in his debut season with 30-plus wickets as Tamil Nadu made the semifinals.
“It is a good team. We have a mix of experience and youth. The availability of Ashwin and Vijay is certain to bolster the squad,” Chairman of selectors Sridharan Sharath told.Left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore and Lakshman, who had done well in the local league, have also been picked.”Not having Vijay Shankar (limited overs captain) is a big miss. But we have Ashwin, Washington Sundar and other all-rounders in the squad,” Sharath said.