India’s talismanic spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has had a rough time in the recent past. He was dropped from the white-ball format after the Champions Trophy 2017. Furthermore, he was also left out of the Test side when India had recently toured the West Indies. The off-spinner has been in and out of the team and the injuries have also hampered his game.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin has made a roaring comeback into Test cricket. In the ongoing first Test match against South Africa, Ashwin scalped his 27th five-wicket haul. The veteran off-spinner has been thus far been the standout Indian bowler in the ongoing Test. Ashwin has been right on the money and he would like to continue his good work going.
Ashwin is back with a bang.
It was a difficult phase for the off-spinner as he was not getting his opportunities in the national side. However, Ashwin has answered all his critics in style.
“To stay away from cricket itself was very tough for me. In order to substitute, I played whatever games I got. I tried and made an opportunity for myself to go and play some county cricket (for Nottinghamshire). I tried and played the TNPL as much as I could, played some league cricket in Chennai,” Ravichandran Ashwin said in the press conference.
“It was very important to tick those numbers off because that is essentially where I came from. Going back and playing there is probably the best thing that could have happened,” said Ashwin
On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has also made most of the time in hand as he has spend some quality time with his family. Ashwin added that he also developed some other interests apart from the game.
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Spend time away from the game.
“My life has revolved around cricket for the last 25 years. I thought my life, my family everybody deserved a bit more of my time so I tried to spend time away from the game. I discovered other interests (reading archaeology books was one of them). I did not fret too much about the game.”
Ashwin went on to add that it is about playing the game with all he has. The Tamil Nadu spinner desperately wanted to be back for the national side and he has now delivered the goods.
“I am elated to be back. There is nothing like picking up a five-wicket haul for your country. This place is very special for me but I enjoyed a five-wicket haul for Nottingham too. One is not too lesser than the other,” Ashwin said.
“For me, it is about playing the game and I have realized that the joy of the game has to be back in my heart. I made sure that I enjoy the game where ever I go and play. That I thought to an extent was quite visible when I played yesterday.”
Ashwin has taken five wickets and he has conceded 128 runs. The off-spinner has landed his deliveries in the corridor of uncertainty and he would like to wrap up South African innings quickly on day 4.