Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s former coach, is concerned about experienced Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who he feels will be essential to India’s World Test Championship effort. The team led by Virat Kohli finished second in the first ICC World Test Championship. At the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Team India will play the hosts Bangladesh in the last game of the bilateral series on Thursday.

India defeated Bangladesh by 188 runs in the first game of the series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium thanks to centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill. While Pujara, Gill, and Shreyas Iyer made significant contributions with the bat in Chattogram, veteran all-rounder Ashwin was overshadowed by spinner Kuldeep Yadav due to his amazing five-wicket haul. Rohit Sharma, the captain of the visiting India, will be unavailable for the second Test against Bangladesh.

Rajkumar, Kohli’s boyhood coach, said that veteran spinner Ashwin would need to recapture his form if the Asian giants want to seal their position in the World Test Championship final before the series finale between India and Bangladesh. “Ashwin’s bowling is a little concerning since, in my opinion, he is our best Test bowler. He hasn’t played well in Bangladesh, and he has to get in shape if we are to win four of our remaining five Test matches and get to the final, Rajkumar told India News.

In the first Test match against Bangladesh, Ashwin scored an important 58-run inning. The seasoned spinner, though, was only able to claim one wicket in India’s easy victory against the hosts. For Team India, Ashwin has captured 443 wickets in 87 Test matches. Kohli’s boyhood coach continued, “The health of [Mohammed] Shami and [Jasprit] Bumrah is also not guaranteed, which makes it much more vital for Ashwin to regain form.