While talking to Times of India, the 30-year-old Indian ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been a vital cog for India in the recently concluded series against Australia, stated he is closely following IPL and further focusing on upcoming fixtures, for the preparations before opening up about his injury and varied chapters of the game.
Due to a sports hernia, Ashwin was ruled out of Indian Premier League’s (IPL) tenth edition in a bid to rehabilitate prior to the 2017 Champions Trophy.
“I don’t think I am missing the IPL as I am catching up with it at 8pm daily. Sometimes, by taking a bird’s-eye view, I might be able to work on my own skills. There are important fixtures coming up and I am trying to make best use of this time,” Ashwin told TOI.
However, Ashwin remarked he won’t believe in imitating anyone if he would turn out to be the skipper for the national side, in the foreseeable future.
“I believe in accountability and communication. Whatever decisions I take, I’ll try and reason them out and I will be open and honest. I don’t know if I actually need it, Ashwin said.
While talking about his struggle, Ashwin said he found it hard during the home season as he tried to keep things under control before opting to lose some weight.
However, the right-arm slow bowler stated he also found it hard to jump and get the acceleration which he termed it was getting ‘slower’ one Test after another.
“I was struggling to accelerate at the crease. If you watched the entire home season, you could see that the acceleration was getting slower and slower. I was finding it harder to accelerate at the crease and jump,” Ashwin remarked.
Ashwin effusively praised former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for giving his best to lead the team and taking off the pressure from the teammates as he is a calm and composed character
“I take my hat off to MS Dhoni. He did a commendable job, especially in a country where people wanted his head for a very long time. He insulated the team from a lot of pressure,” Ashwin said on Dhoni.
On the other hand, Ashwin stated Virat Kohli is aggressive and that makes him little ‘scared’. However, the latter added Kohli has been at the helm as he established himself best in the business which further makes him a standout performer.
“He [Virat Kohli] likes confrontation, he likes to be in the thick of things, he’s extremely aggressive. Sometimes I feel that he’s so aggressive that I get a little scared,” Ashwin added.
Ashwin, who took 82 wickets in the season — to become the highest overall wicket-taker in the home season after eclipsing the record of Dale Steyn, who had claimed 78 Test wickets in the season.
The Chennai-born prolific spinner Ashwin urged to give his best for the national side before adding he wants to contribute to the society as he has witnessed a lot change taking place.
“I want to value add. I want to contribute to the cricket fraternity. At times, I get affected by a lot of things that are happening around me in the society,” Ashwin revealed.
Ashwin has been part of lucrative league franchise Rising Pune Supergiant since the side made its debut in 2016 after defunct Chennai Super Kings.