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Ashwin has been named in India's T20WC squad

The quote that fuelled Ashwin: Stars react to India T20WC squad

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Ravichandran Ashwin has not played a T20I for India since 2017. After being named in their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, he revealed the quote that kept him believing through those four years.

A mainstay across all three formats up until 2017, Ashwin has not been turned to for a limited-overs match since India's tour of the Caribbean in mid-2017, despite being the country's top wicket-taker in Men's T20 World Cup history (20 at 16.70).

While he has been a regular in India's Test XI in that time, following his selection in the T20 World Cup squad, the off-spinner revealed on Twitter he had regularly looked to one quote for inspiration during his absence from the T20I side.

"Every tunnel has light at the end of it, but only those in the tunnel who believe in the light will live to see it," the quote read.

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Ashwin was not the only returning star to India's T20 World Cup set-up, with the BCCI surprising plenty with the news that MS Dhoni would be involved as a mentor. It was a move praised by compatriots Dinesh Karthik and Suresh Raina.

Ashwin was one of five spinners picked in India's squad alongside newcomers Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar, and all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.

While there was good news for Ashwin, there were a number of big omissions, with Shikhar Dhawan, and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav all missing out, while, Sharduk Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Shreyas Iyer had to settle for reserve spots.

Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh was particularly surprised to see Dhawan and Chahal miss out, while Irfan Pathan sympathised for those left on the reserves list.

For Mohammad Kaif, the quality of the players left out of the squad was an indication of just how strong India's squad is.

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