Ravichandran Ashwin wants to bowl four maiden overs in a T20 game

The T20 extravaganza Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) win on Sunday night. As the starry night ended with cricketing superstars celebrating the title win, the following night on Monday saw the stars gather at a Mumbai hotel for CEAT cricket awards.

Notable awardees of the night were Virat Kohli, who won the T20 cricketer of the year, Rohit Sharma, the Indian cricketer of the year and Ravichandran Ashwin, who won the International bowler of the year. While Kohli gave the award ceremony a miss, Rohit and Ashwin marked the event with their presence. ALSO WATCH: Huma Qureshi turns heads with her performance at CEAT cricket awards 2016.

After winning the award, an elated Ashwin spoke to the media and credited IPL for his success. He said, “IPL gave me the opportunity to show my skills. I picked up off-spin when I was 17 which was quite late, I feel, but it was First-Class cricket that enabled me to keep getting better,” he said. The tall off-spinner further added, “I strive for excellence and one day I want to bowl four maiden overs in a T20 game”.

Ashwin signed off by saying that he was striving hard to become a better batsman as well. “The opportunity doesn’t come much, but I have been working very hard on it,” he concluded. The other players who won big on the star-studded night were English batsman Joe Root, New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill, India’s new vice-captain in Tests Ajinkya Rahane and youngsters Shreyas Iyer, Sarfaraz khan and Rishabh Pant.