Ashwin hoping for white ball comeback
Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has said that he is still hoping for a chance to make a come-back to the Indian side in the white ball formats.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been India’s leading spinner for several years, but was dropped from the one-day international side, along with spin partner Ravindra Jadeja, following the team’s defeat in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017.
In the absence of Ashwin and Jadeja, spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been in great form in the shorter formats, but while Jadeja was able to return to the side during the recent Asia Cup, as an injury replacement for Axar Patel, Ashwin is still waiting for his chance. However, speaking to the media earlier this week, the veteran international was taking a positive approach:
“I think it’s only about coming to terms with what has happened and what’s panned out. You have got to give credit to Kuldeep and Chahal, who came in for myself and Jaddu and did really. Competition is the healthiest thing. How many teams in the world actually have the luxury of sitting spinners of Jaddu and my quality outside? But to me, it’s all about standing behind the door and waiting for the opportunity. When the opportunity presents itself, I have to be ready to take it.”
Ashwin has also revealed that he is working on new techniques to improve his bowling, including a new type of delivery that he learned from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Afghanistan bowler:
"I have started bowling the leg-break, I have started bowling the slow carrom ball. And an under-cutter, which I learnt from Mujeeb. The reverse under-cutter, which works really well in a T20 game, that’s something I learnt from Mujeeb.”
Words: Josh Dixon