Team India off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned to the practice ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, set to begin on June 1. The Rising Pune Supergiant spinner bowled in the SRMC ground in Chennai as part of a practice match, and looked in good nick ahead of the ICC championship.
The former Chennai Super Kings spinner missed the entire IPL 2017 because of sports hernia, an injury that he suffered during the Border-Gavaskar series versus Australia in March. One of the big gun of India’s home season, Ashwin decided to give the IPL a miss for his team, the Rising Pune Supergiant. Last year, he had had a lacklustre championship for his franchise, picking up 10 wickets from 14 matches in a season where his team finished seventh in the points table.
This season, Ashwin did not take part in a single match for a franchise, who have put up a much better showing and have reached their debut IPL final.
The 30-year-old spinner is part of the 15-man squad that will fly to England to defend the Champions Trophy, led by Virat Kohli. As reported by The Times of India, The practice match was part of a preliminary selection process of Tamil Nadu Premier League side Dindigul Dragons, who cliped the candidates from a 300-strong group to just 22.
The Chennai born spinner was seen bowling a long spell, and giving some helpful advice to the youngsters present at the venue. His last match was for India versus the Australian team at Dharamsala, where he took four wickets.
Ashwin will travel with his team members on May 24 to England to take part in the practice matches ahead of the ICC tournament. India’s first match is against Pakistan on the 4th of June.