Ravichandran Ashwin is currently not in Team India’s ODI and T20I squad which is touring England and it’s been quite a while since he has been out of favour from India’s limited over set up. But Ashwin is still hopeful that hard work and dedication will help back in Team India’s squad for ODIs and T20Is.
Ashwin’s last One-day International came in June 2017 and since then he along with Ravindra Jadeja have lost their places in ODI and T20I teams to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Both the wrist spinners have done exceedingly well. Their reputation has skyrocketed since their stunning performance in South Africa. With 17 wickets, Kuldeep was the highest wicket-taker while Chahal was second with 16 wickets as India won the series 5-1.
“It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket. It’s definitely not in my control. Like any other cricketer, I want to wear the blue jersey and represent India at the World Cup. That’s obviously there deep within,” Ashwin told reporters at the unveiling of his Tamil Nadu Premier League side Dindigul Dragons.
“At this stage of my career, physically and mentally, I am just focusing on enjoying my cricket. If I land an opportunity, I want to be in good frame of mind to grab it with both hands,” he added.
Ashwin had tried his hand at leg-breaks during the past domestic season in Duleep Trophy and later in IPL. However, it looks like he would not repeat it during the upcoming tour of England.
“Nothing for me is experimentation. There is a logic behind whatever I do. Before I bowled a delivery of leg-spin in IPL, I have bowled about, probably, a lakh of balls in practice. The thought process alone is experimentation.
“What I might do tomorrow in a game, I really don’t know. As a Test cricketer, I pretty much know what is important in a Test match. If I wanted to bowl a bunch of leg spin and googly, I would have done it in Afghanistan (test),” Ashwin said.