No Special Preparation For 50th Test Says Ashwin
When India’s spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin takes the field against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle starting on Wednesday he will be representing his nation in the longest format for the 50th time in his career. Despite reaching a significant landmark Ashwin said that he won’t set any specific targets for himself as he has learnt his lessons from his earlier mistakes.
“Looking behind, I might have set some targets but looking ahead, I won’t set targets because that is what past has taught me. You cannot really get ahead of yourself and you can’t really set milestones,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by the PTI.
“The most important thing is to get better every single day as international cricket can be very cruel. It can really sort you out if you are sitting on your past laurels, Yes, you can have a cup of coffee, reminisce well, it’s important to go ahead and take a Test match and one day at a time,” he further added.
Fifty Test matches are no mean feat but Ashwin can’t really believe that he has reached the landmark. The offie has been Indian’s premier bowler in the last few years or so and has already bagged 275 Test wickets in 49 Tests. Despite being successful at the highest level, Ashwin is not sure how many more matches are left in his career.
“The 50th Test is something that has just come about. I cannot retrace how I did it. But I am grateful to have got here and every Test match is a blessing from here on,” the spin ace reporters told reporters at Galle ahead of the opening Test against the island nation starting on Wednesday. The island nation has been a happy hunting ground for Ashwin and it was Galle where the offie took a 10 wicket haul in India’s last tour.
“Coming back to a place where I did really well is like a dream come true. It was a momentous occasion for me then as I was making a comeback into the Test side. I got a 10-for in the match, actually 6 for on the first day and 10 for on the third day. This brings back a lot of good memories,” Ashwin added.
When asked that if the preparation changes any bit as he is approaching a big milestone in his career Ashwin said,
“The preparation time and what I want to tick as a cricketer is pretty same but I can sense about my awareness as a cricketer and general experience. Even today during practice, I was able to sense what sort of experience, what learnings I can put into practice,” Ashwin said.
“All these have rounded me off as a cricketer over last few years. All these things give me knowledge and perspective going into the game. I would say 50 Tests have put me in good stead and I don’t know how much more I have.”
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