"I will explain why Laxman has gone there with a completely different team because even that could be interpreted differently," Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
"Dinesh (Karthik) is a lovely team player. But when it comes to a game against England or New Zealand, just seeing their attack, I think you need a robust left-hander," Shastri said.
Virat Kohli will come back into the playing eleven after being rested for the West Indies series, while K L Rahul returns after an injury layoff.
With the increasing number of matches, multi-format players are feeling the load.
Leading by 132 runs, India's second innings folded for 245. Chasing 378, England are now just 119 runs away from the victory target.
Shastri's comments have come, days before India's five-mach T20 series against South Africa.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh extended wishes to Ravi Shastri, the former Indian coach as he turned 60 on Friday.
Ravi Shastri felt that if Ben Stokes decides to take up England captaincy, it could fire up the all-rounder to give an even better performance on the field.
In an interview to UK's 'The Guardian' newspaper, Shastri said that there was a "gang of people in India" who always wanted him to fail.
"He needs a break because he has got 6-7 years of cricket left in him and you don't want to lose that with a fried brain," Ravi Shastri added.
Shreyas was given the responsibility of leading KKR ahead of the IPL 2022 and the Mumbaikar has done a decent job so far.
Shastri said that the team's new captain Du Plessis, former skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell are going to play an important role this season.
Gill, 22, who is playing for Gujarat Titans in the IPL, is using the ongoing season as an opportunity to make the Indian team for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
Varma, who is in his debut IPL season, scored a fine 61 against Rajasthan Royals in the game played last week.
Kohli left many in shock when he stepped down as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain after 2021 IPL.
Shastri out Hardik Pandya's inclusion as a pure batter in the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Shastri and Suresh Raina will be part of the elite commentary panel of Star Sports for the lucrative league.
A state-of-the-art indoor facility, a spacious gym facility and four unique pitches with different characteristics.
Another issue on the table is likely to be the presence of three wicketkeepers in the side, especially Dinesh Karthik, who has not performed in ODI cricket for a long time and had a wretched IPL.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli continued to attract the spotlight - not just for his stupendous achievements on the field, but for his faux pas off it