Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not given hopes of being part of the 2019 World Cup to be held in England next year
Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not given hopes of being part of the 2019 World Cup to be held in England next year

Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not given hopes of being part of the 2019 World Cup to be held in England next year as he feels he didn’t do much wrong to be left out of Indiaá limited-over scheme of things.

“I didn’t do too much wrong to be going out in the white-ball scheme of things,” said Ashwin in a cricket show. “But I definitely believe that is was a zone where I needed to improve and achieve better things.”

Ashwin last played an ODI for India in June, 2017 against West Indies. Interestingly, he picked three for 28 in his ten overs in his last match before being dropped. With the arrival of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav – who made his debut in the West Indies series – both Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja lost out the respective places in the limited-overs setup.

Chahal and Kuldeep have been in top form for India claiming nearly 40 per cent of the wickets India have taken in ODIs in the past one year. And Ashwin concedes that there is tough competition but is confident that his time will come again.

“There is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep, who have done extremely well in the last few months,” said Ashwin. “Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage because I didn’t go out due to bad performances.

“I’m always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I’m a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, [the] World Cup is something that every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it,” he added.