(Video) Virat Kohli cites match-ups as he explains Ashwin’s continued omission

Speaking to Michael Atherton on Sky Sports at the toss for India’s fourth Test against England at the Oval, Virat Kohli was asked the million-dollar question as to why Ravichandran Ashwin continues to be omitted from the side. Kohli explained that England’s four left-handers, and his seamers’ tendency to bowl over the wicket to them, creates a nice amount of rough for Ravindra Jadeja to then bowl into. He also suggested Jadeja offers his side a good balance, but many would no doubt counter that the more threatening spin of Ashwin grants a similar coherence to the side given his five Test hundreds.

Broadcast Schedule

England v Ireland ODI series
ENG v IRE 3rd ODI, County Ground, Bristol
26th September
Start time: 12:30 pm BST