After a man-of-the-match performance in Chennai last week, Ravichandran Ashwin has stated that he is ready to give his best shot if the Indian team want to have him in the T20 World Cup scheme.
Ever since the Windies tour of 2017, which followed the 2017 Champions Trophy, the Indian team management brought in a leg-spinner revolution, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal being a regular part of the journey. Ever since Ashwin has been out of the limited-overs side despite putting up some valiant displays in the IPL over the years.
When CricXtasy quizzed him about his ambitions during the post-match press conference, Ravichandran Ashwin rather innocuously added that he would love to be a part of the limited-overs set up.
“For me it’s very realistic not a dream (to play in T20 World Cup). The space I am in right now, I’m enjoying whatever I’m doing on a day-to-day basis. It’s been more about the process, it’s more about what how and when rather than this that and there. That’s something which can make you chase and make you desperate,” Ashwin said in the press conference, fielding to a question posed by CricXtasy.
“There are a lot of cricketers who have done very well for India in different formats. I’ve been out of the (T20) team for the last 3 years but every time I have got an opportunity in the IPL I have put a very earnest attempt and contributed in whatever way I can.
“If the team deems it fit and obviously I will think I’m good enough. If I get my opportunity I will give it my best shot,” Ashwin told reporters after the match in Chennai.
Hero feeling for me in Chennai, reckons Ashwin
Picking 30 wickets at the venue in four Test matches would be really special for anyone playing at his home ground, but for Ashwin, it was a reincarnation of sorts. Not only he batted with aplomb to score a majestic century, but also he was treated like a hero by his home crowd.
“When I was young I’ve wondered if I would ever play on this ground and if people would turn out and clap for me,” Ashwin told the host broadcaster after India’s series-levelling win.
“I’ve played here as an eight-nine year-old. I’ve watched matches from these stands, my dad would get me here for most of the games.
“I’m speechless right now. I’ve played four Test matches here and this is easily the most special Test match. It gave me a hero feeling.
“Every time I bowled or removed my cap there was a different feeling [because of the cheers]. During Covid times when there’s hardly any cricket, the knowledgeable Chennai crowd came in large numbers without worrying.
“I dedicate this win to the Chennai crowd. We went one-up after they allowed the crowd, hopefully, we continue to do well [in the presence of crowds] in Ahmedabad as well.”