Ashwin, who last played an ODI against West Indies in 2017, is looking forward to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) where he will lead Kings XI Punjab. @ AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin, once India’s premier offspinner, has now fallen off the radar and is no longer part of India’s ICC World Cup 2019 plans with wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal working in tandem and doing the job for the country. (ALSO READ: Chahal and I haven’t pipped anyone: Kuldeep on shutting the door on Ashwin, Jadeja)

Ashwin, who last played an ODI against West Indies in 2017, is not too concerned about selection, but is looking forward to the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) where he will lead Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

“I am not bothered about it [selection]. It is important to get better as a cricketer every day. I am getting better, and I am working on what I need to. I am not worried about anything else,” he told Sportstar. (ALSO READ: ‘If I must replace Kuldeep or Chahal, I’ll pick Ravichandran Ashwin for the ICC World Cup 2019’)

Ashwin is excited playing with the likes of a spin heavy contingent which includes Afghanistan offspinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was retained from the last edition and two more additions — Tamil Nadu leggies Murugan Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy — who is IPL’s latest millionaire, bought for Rs 8.40 crore. (ALSO READ: IPL Auction 2019: Varun Chakravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat biggest earners as franchises splurge)

“I am very excited with the fact that there are a couple of good spinners in my team. I am quite excited to have them. I have seen M. Ashwin very closely, he also plays in my league side in TNCA. I know Varun did well in the TNPL.

“It [their selection] covers one facet of the department concerning spin. It is something I can watch closely and mentor. I am looking forward to learn a few things from Varun,” he said. (ALSO READ: ‘Kuldeep has been bowling well, but Ashwin is still the best’)

“IPL is a great opportunity. I really want to enjoy myself and excel in it,” he said.