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Ravichandran Ashwin heaps praises on Virat Kohli

Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin lavished praises on Indian Test Skipper Virat Kohli and termed him as the aggressive Test skipper who longs to keep on improving and doesn’t want to settle on past laurels.

“He is very aggressive, upfront and on the face. I don’t quite do that but I still want to take the centre stage. If he is the batsman doing it for India, I want to be the bowler that does it for India,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“The one driving factor that is common to us is that we want to keep improving and we don’t want to sit on laurels. I really admire that aspect of his which I don’t think is very common.” 

“Whichever team I’ve turned up for, I’ve always wanted to contribute and be the prime performer. To a degree, Virat is very similar and I love that character of his because we both go about our business in a very different manner,” Ashwin said. 

When asked if he would like to captain the side in the future Ashwin said  “If you would have asked me 2-3 years ago, I would have said yes like any vibrant youngster. There are a lot of occupational hazards. I wouldn’t say that’s a priority because it is not in my hands.” 

“Somebody has to identify something in me to hand over such a big responsibility. I led Tamil Nadu when I was 20. That really put me on the map when it came to playing for India.” 

The 28-year-old’s next assignment will be India’s forthcoming series in Sri Lanka in August. He doesn’t expect the pitches to be as spin-friendly as many do but on the back of encouraging recent form, he isn’t too concerned. 

“The wickets are much truer and have something for the fast bowlers. It is not easy but we have to go there and acclimatise and play some good cricket as Sri Lanka is going to be a very tricky destination,” he said. 

“The way I bowled in Bangladesh is where I would like to be all through my career, however long I continue to play. If I can replicate what I did in Bangladesh, it should not matter a great deal, he concluded 

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