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India’s fifth-most wicket-taker in international cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin, recently spoke about his rise to the game. He also credited the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni and the former Indian Head Coach Duncan Fletcher for the growth of his career.
Before becoming a successful international cricketer, Ravichandran Ashwin, who made his international debut in 2010, earned the fame from the Indian Premier League (IPL). The CSK signed Ashwinw in the inaugural IPL edition in 2008, and he successfully served for that side till the IPL 2015.
When Ashwin joined the CSK side at the age of 21-year-old, he wanted to show his skills and impress everyone as soon as possible.
Ashwin told Harsha Bhogle in the recent conversation on Cricbuzz, “IPL and CSK is a stage that everyone wants. For me it was more about recognition. MSD did not know who Ashwin is, (Matthew) Hayden and (Muttiah) Muralitharan did not know who Ashwin is. The first thing that came to my mind was that ‘I will show these people that Ashwin is here’.”
“I don’t know it was being foolish or arrogance but that was how I was made. Nobody was giving me a chance that Ashwin will play alongside Muralitharan or ahead of Muralitharan. I thought, I will get there ahead of him one day.”
Ashwin claimed, “I got the eye of Hayden, Jacob Oram, and Stephen Fleming while bowling to them at the nets. They were finding it difficult to face me in the first year (2008) but I had not caught the eye of MSD.”
“I never had massive interactions with him. It was going to the nets and getting MSD. He was hitting Muralitharan out of the park and I thought, if I bowl better than him, I may get to play ahead of Murali.”
Ravichandran Ashwin revealed when he got MS Dhoni’s attention
Ashwin further added that he got Dhoni’s attention when he dismissed Dhoni in the final of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2009.
Ashwin added, “I got his attention when I got him during a Challenger trophy and celebrated like a crazy kid.”
After that match, Dhoni praised Ashwin and advised him to bowl carrom ball.
The off-spinner said, “MS always maintained that you are exceptionally skilful and you should keep doing what you do.”
Duncan Fletcher made a statement that changed cricket: Ravichandran Ashwin
On the other hand, Ashwin then credited the Indian Head Coach Duncan Fletcher whose advice helped him to grow up in the game by using his engineering skills.
Ashwin claiemd, “He made a statement that changed cricket. He said it’s all about geometry and left it at that. Understanding angles (engineering background) has given me edge over others.”
Ravichandran Ashwin has played 71 Tests, 111 ODIs and 46 T20Is where he has taken 365, 150 and 52 wickets respectively. In his IPL career, Ashwin has picked up 125 wickets in 139 matches. Meanwhile, he is still the most wicket-taker for the CSK as he bagged 120 wickets in 121 matches.