The senior off-spinner of Indian Cricket Team, Ravichandran Ashwin has lost his ODI spot to a younger crop of wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who have performed well. Ashwin has resigned himself to the fate that his comeback solely depends on how “others perceive” his brand of cricket. Ravindra Jadeja is also in the list of losing the spot in the ODI team.
When asked about his future in the ODI format, Ashwin, as usual, gave a pointed reply.
"It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket. It's definitely not in my control. Like any other cricketer, I want to wear the blue jersey and represent India at the World Cup. That's obviously there deep within," Ashwin told reporters at the unveiling of his Tamil Nadu Premier League side Dindigul Dragons.
With Chahal and Kuldeep’s great performance in ODI format, Ashwin has made peace with the fact that the chances of his comeback in the near future look bleak.
"At this stage of my career, physically and mentally, I am just focusing on enjoying my cricket. If I land an opportunity, I want to be in good frame of mind to grab it with both hands," he added.
To try something new, Ashwin also tried his hand at leg-breaks during the Indian Premier League and Duleep Trophy.
However, his answer made it clear that he might not try wrist spin against England.
"Nothing for me is experimentation. There is a logic behind whatever I do. Before I bowled a delivery of leg-spin in IPL, I have bowled about, probably, a lakh of balls in practice. The thought process alone is experimentation.”
"What I might do tomorrow in a game, I really don't know. As a Test cricketer, I pretty much know what is important in a Test match. If I wanted to bowl a bunch of leg spin and googly, I would have done it in Afghanistan (Test)," Ashwin's answer made it clear as to where he stood.
Talking about the upcoming England series, Ashwin termed Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah’s death over as key.
"England is a strong team in the shorter formats. They tweaked their strategy and team combination after the 2015 World Cup. The key for India in ODIs will be Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah's death overs. Hopefully, it will be a high scoring series," he added.
While praising the fast bowlers, Ashwin hopes that spinners will play a crucial role during the Test matches.
"We have a good battery of fast bowlers who have done exceedingly well in the South Africa tour. We fancy our chances. Going in the second half of the English summer, the spinners will definitely come into play. I'm not going to set any personal records to achieve," he added.
When asked about the Yo-Yo test, which has been in the news recently and saw a few players including Ambati Rayudu fail, he gave a tongue-in-cheek.
"I passed my engineering exams, Yo-Yo wasn't that tough. If you ask if Yo-Yo is needed in cricket. I have no opinion on that," he added.
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