India’s premier Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin believes that the opportunity to reestablish himself as a prominent feature in the limited overs squad will emerge in due time.
As per the official word from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the off-spinner, along with Ravindra Jadeja, were rested for the ODI and T20I series against Australia. However, the success of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has raised doubts over their positions in limited-overs.
But the 31-year-old isn’t concerned about the situation, reckoning that he will get another go soon. “I know one day the opportunity will come knocking on my door because I haven’t done too much wrong. When I get that opportunity, I’ll probably rise to the occasion,” Ashwin said on Sunday (October 8), as quoted on Cricbuzz.
Head Coach Ravi Shastri has also maintained that the duo will have plenty of opportunities and will take part in the 2019 World Cup in England. But the success of the wrist-spinners and their amalgamation into the 50-over and 20-over sides, backed by Virat Kohli’s shift in preference to the kind has been vindicated over the last two series. When asked about it, Ashwin side-stepped.
“The day I become a decision maker, I’ll probably be in a better position to answer that question. I’m not a decision maker, as of now. I have never played for the crowds. I enjoy my game and even if I am playing a fifth-division match, I’ll enjoy it a lot. The atmosphere doesn’t matter. Obviously, I’ll raise my game to the occasion but I definitely love playing the game so I am not missing anything at all,” Ashwin opined.
Ashwin also reckoned that the current system – concentration on fitness and effectiveness in multiple disciplines, needs to be respected and that he has ‘trained pretty madly’ since missing IPL 2017 due to injury.
“I’m a man of the system. Any system put in place I strive to the best of my abilities to try and match up to it,” said Ashwin. “Every leader has his own vision of how to bring the team about, and this is the vision of the current leadership group. It’s very important to respect it. If I was a leader, I would expect everyone else to respect it. I have been doing some great conditioning ever since I missed the IPL (Indian Premier League). I have trained pretty madly. I am completely in compliance with whatever they do.
Ashwin plays as an all-rounder in the Test step-up, aggregating over 2000 runs with four 100s and eleven 50s to his name, but the numbers are much lower in limited overs. The emergence of Hardik Pandya has also made the path to qualify as an all-rounder even more hard. Despite that, Ashwin remains positive. “I would have loved to bat higher in a one-day game and try to do justice to my potential… but you never know. I have a fair number of years left in me as a cricketer. I never rule anything out and I never take anything for granted.”
While on ‘rest’, Aswhin signed up to play for Worcestershire in the English County. Speaking about that, Ashwin said, “It’s my attitude that landed me there [England]. For me, it’s all about playing cricket. I have missed the IPL and I missed a fair amount of cricket this year due to injuries and due to unfortunate happenings in the combination of the team or whatever you may want to call it. I had been in touch with a few guys in England and they had been asking me (to play county cricket).”One such message landed in my inbox one day and I didn’t even know that I wasn’t playing the ODI series (Australia). I just said I would be interested to be there. Eventually, it all worked out, and the club I went to was one of the best clubs there.”