India’s victories in the first two ODIs against South Africa in Durban and Centurion were down to good bowling and batting performances in equal measure. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were the wreckers in chief as the South African batsman were unable to cope with their guile and variation. And Ravichandran Ashwin believes that Yadav and Chahal’s success in South Africa so far has been down to their adaptability.
Ashwin, who is a part of the Test squad but is currently out of the Indian ODI squad said, “I think there is a bit of novelty factor there. It is not about wrist finger or finger spin, it is about the ability to adapt. When T20 first started people thought there was no place for spinners. Then, finger spinners dominated literally for 10 years and then wrist spinners started doing well, which is good. It is more about adaptability.”
Ashwin also spoke about his place in the Indian ODI squad, with him not taking to the field in the blue jersey since the ICC Champions Trophy in England last year. He said, “I can only do my part. I don’t think I am at that phase of my career that I am going to fret much and look forward to something. Genuinely speaking if I am good enough I will play and I have always believed I have been very good enough to play as a bowler in any team. That is my self-confidence. But I will try to strengthen my ammunition.”
Ashwin has also been bowling leg-spin in local matches recently, something he has been looking at as an another arrow in his quiver. “I am not looking at it as evolution or anything,” he said. “I have been practising that for some time. This is part of my plan going into the IPL and all that. I am trying to build my armoury. At the top of my run- up, I must have more up my sleeve.”
Talking about his perceived lack of success in overseas conditions, Ashwin said, “Most of the talk has been pretty much overrated. Yes, I have failed for a game here and there. It has to be taken in perspective. I am sure people do fail on occasions. I have had opportunities to get big hauls, and it has not turned around. But I am sure it will turn around.”
Finally, Ashwin also did not rule out a return to Worcestershire who he represented in the English county season last year. “In all likelihood I will be going back (to Worcestershire) for a few games,” he said. “The problem is after the IPL, the number of games between June and July is very less. We start on August 1. So there will be about two-three games or four at max. But that will be good practice. I am still talking. If at all I am going, I will be going back to Worcester.”