Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has called himself the best spinner in Vivo IPL 12 when asked whether he is the best spinner in the tournament. He stated that when he becomes an expert and gets paid for it. He will definitely assess other spinners.
However, as of now, Ravichandran Ashwin considers himself as the best spinner in the tournament. But he did agree that there will be someone better than him and will be overtaken at certain stages.
“Once I have become an expert and I am paid for it, I would do that job (assess other spinners). But right now, I would like to think that I am right up there and I have been for a long time now. It’s my 11th season of the IPL, so I would like to think I have done a fairly good job.
I have never shied away from competing with anyone. I am right on top of the pile. But look, there are going to be people who will be better than you and you will be overtaken at some stage,” Ravichandran Ashwin said during the exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times.
The off-spinner has not been in any of the limited overs squad for India ever since the 2017 Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. His place in the limited overs team has been taken by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who has done a fantastic job for India in the last year and a half. Despite being the preferred spinner in the Indian Test team, Ravichandran Ashwin wasn’t picked in the 15 members preliminary World Cup squad.
However, Ashwin has done a great job in Vivo IPL 12 so far and led his troops to perfection. He has led his franchise from the front bagging 14 wickets in the tournament so far. Kings XI Punjab just like the previous year faces a tough proposition of making it through to the playoffs. They need to win their remaining two matches and then hope other results go their way in order to progress through to the next stage.
Ravichandran Ashwin has developed quite a few new deliveries which were evident in the earlier matches of Vivo IPL 12. In order to keep up the pace with the wrist spinners, it is very important for finger spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin to develop new skills and cope with the other spinners.