County Stints Depends on the Feasibility Factor Says Ravichandran Ashwin
Premier Indian spinner in the longest format of the game, Ravichandran Ashwin is open to playing county cricket ahead of the 5 Test rubber against England later in the year, but it will depend a lot on the feasibility factor.
“County cricket plan is definitely there, but feasibility needs to be worked upon,” said Ashwin.
The spinner was present at a promotional event for Oppo alongside teammates Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya.
Ashwin is no longer a part of the Indian limited overs set-up. Hence he made full use of his free time to play in the English County season for a few matches. The offie had played for Worcestershire back then. Meanwhile, Team India skipper Virat Kohli has given the green signal by BCCI to skip the one-off Test against Afghanistan to play county cricket for Surrey ahead of the grueling five-match Test series against England.
Meanwhile, Ashwin also said that he was looking forward to captaining Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming IPL. He also described IPL as a corporate environment.
“I am looking forward to doing it to the utmost of my capability. It is a very exciting challenge, but I have played with a lot of players who played in IPL sides and hopefully I can learn from them and their experience and try and be the best (captain) that I can,” the senior off-spinner said.
“It (IPL challenge) is good as being in a corporate environment where you are supposed to deliver, and people are looking towards you to deliver results. It is going to be a little pressure oriented in that scenario but it is also going to be exciting, and that is where it comes. So if you can produce results, there is nothing like that, but if you can’t then you have to learn and move forward.”
The offie further added that the key to success was gelling together as a unit.
“I am reaching (the team’s assembling point) only tomorrow and once we get together and mingle with the boys then we will know. That’s the only challenge of the IPL. Those who have a retained core have a pretty much-set team who they are used to. But we have almost re-formed ourselves in so many ways. Even I am new to the franchise, so it is going to be how we come together and how the team dynamics work and taking it forward.
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