Ravichandran Ashwin Might Quit Cricket If He Feels He Lost The Urge To Improve His Craft
Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Might Quit Cricket If He Feels He Lost The Urge To Improve His Craft

Ravichandran Ashwin, star India off-spinner says competition always brings out the best in him, and the day he feels he has lost that urge to improve his craft, he will quit the sport.

Ravichandran Ashwin is regarded as a thinking cricketer who always strives to explore something new, something extra in his game and that attitude has paid rich dividends for him throughout his career.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin Might Not Play Cricket Anymore If He Feels He Lost The Urge To Improve His Craft

Ravichandran Ashwin has bagged more than 200 wickets of left-handers in Test cricket. He has 409 career wickets and is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker currently behind Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, and Harbhajan Singh. He picked 12 wickets in 3 Tests in the Australia series and followed it up by taking 32 scalps in the following England 4 Test series where he was the leading wicket-taker.

“The beauty about Test cricket is you are always aspiring to be perfect but you can settle for excellence, so that’s pretty much I think I do,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by the ICC ahead of the ongoing World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand.

“I think whatever I have achieved so far in my career is because of that attitude, did not settle for anything, constantly looking to improve. I maintained that if I don’t like doing different things and if I lose the patience to do something new or get satisfied then I might not play the sport anymore,” he said.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old from Chennai, who has captured 409 Test wickets so far, said that he doesn’t enjoy controversy but if poked he doesn’t hesitate to give it back on the field with his performance.

“It’s not like that I enjoy controversy but I enjoy a fight and that pretty much sums up why I am here,” he said.

“I don’t celebrate victories as much as I ideally should because for me victory is an incident and is coincidental to planning and practice. I sit and think about what can be better,” Ashwin said.

By his own admission, Ravichandran Ashwin doesn’t like to talk much about his own performances as for him playing the sport and excelling in it is his profession.

“I don’t really read or dwell on my performances to be very honest. To be brutally honest I just hate the fact that I am who I am because of what I do. In India you get a lot of adulation but I am just another normal person who finds peace and happiness playing the sport,” he said.

“It is just absolutely wonderful that I can ply my trade and feed my family and I get paid so well. This is a sport that gives meaning for me to live. I am too excited about it. I don’t time for people rating me or not rating me, it’s just another person’s opinion and that’s just brutally how I live my life.”

Ravichandran Ashwin has last featured in an ODI and T20I in 2017 in June-July against West Indies. He has 150 ODI scalps in 111 ODIs.  Ravichandran Ashwin’s last international ODI game was on 30 June 2017 in the 3rd ODI at North Sound against the West Indies.

Ravichandran Ashwin Is One Of The Greats Of The Game: Jasprit Bumrah

India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah considers Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the greats of the game.

“I think he (Ashwin) is one of the greats of the game because if you look at his records, it speaks for itself. He has done well with the bat as well as with the ball. He has taken more than 400 Test wickets so that doesn’t come by chance,” he said.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

India bowling coach Bharat Arun also lavished praise on Ravichandran Ashwin’s work ethic and said he is never satisfied and wants to learn new things daily.

“Ashwin is not very happy with whatever he does, he always loves to come out of his comfort zone and learn new things, develop different angles and that’s what makes him so special,” Arun said.

“He understands his bowling most often. What bowlers actually and think they are doing are two different things, so Ashwin understands his bowling to bridge this gap. So once a bowler bridges this gap he has a bigger chance to innovate and that’s makes very special,” he added.

In the ongoing WTC Final, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma were at the crease after the fall of skipper Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 3 with India reaching 211 runs for seven wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin fell for a quick 22 to Tim Southee.