Even If it was not for the wrist spinners. I doubt that Ashwin should get place in The ODI squad. If you ask why? The answers are hidden in the stats.
- He has not played a single one day game since 2017.
- What are the two most important things in modern day cricket?
A. The wicket Taking ability
b. The Economy rate
now coming to the stats:
Ashwin has 150 wickets in the ODI’s he has played and he has bowled a little over 1000 overs. His economy is 4.92 which is good. but the twist lies when you look at his performance in the last two years in which he played ODI’s that is 2016 and 2017. Almost 94 overs bowled and just 10 wickets. Economy over 6 and strike rate and average both in the mid '50s. That is horrible.
The problem that occurred with Ashwin was that in being trying to stop runs he lost his wicket-taking capabilities in ODI and hence lost the place.
Even if there were no Chahal and Kuldeep It would have been hard for him to still maintain a place in the playing 11.