According to captain Rohit Sharma, the veteran who was not in the game, Ravichandran Ashwin remains a potential candidate for India’s World Cup squad, despite not being included in the provisional squad. The initial squad included Kuldeep Yadav as the only specialist spinner along with bowling all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Akar Patel. However, when Patel suffered an injury before the Asia Cup final, Washington Sundar was chosen as his replacement instead of the 37-year-old Ashwin. Sundar did not get a chance to bowl in the final as India secured a comfortable win. Rohit clarified that Sundar’s selection did not indicate that Ashwin had fallen down the order and confirmed that he had been in communication with the off-spinner. Teams have until September 28 to make team changes.
Despite a useful win in the Asia Cup, batsman Shreyas Iyer was ruled out, including the final, due to back spasms. Rohit stated that Iyer’s absence was due to specific conditions that he had to fulfill, and he believes that Iyer is now about 99 percent fit. Rohit noted that Iyer looked good in the nets, batting and fielding for many hours before the match. He expressed no concerns about Iyer’s fitness. India will host Australia in a three-match ODI series later this month, followed by the World Cup opener against Australia on October 8 in Chennai.