Ravichandran Ashwin    Getty Images
Ravichandran Ashwin Getty Images

Since the conclusion of the Test series against Sri Lanka, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been out of picture. A lot of speculations made rounds when the duo was not picked for the limited-overs series against Australia. Ashwin too has been busy with county commitments due to which he could not be part of the ODI squad. Ashwin, however, is unfazed by the pressure of finding a spot in the Indian limited-overs scheme of things.

The 31-year-old has 150 wickets in 111 ODIs. Ashwin in an interview to Cricbuzz, reckons, I know one day the opportunity will come knocking on my door because I haven’t done too much wrong. When I get that opportunity, I’ll probably rise to the occasion.”

Wrist spinners over finger spinners

India are to play New Zealand, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the coming months. Ashwin, thus has ample of opportunities to prove his mettle. The rise of the troika – Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Akshar Patel have shadowed Ashwin and Jadeja.

Speaking on whether Virat Kohli prefers wrist spinners or finger spinners, Ashwin added, The day I become a decision maker, I’ll probably be in a better position to answer that question. I’m not a decision maker, as of now. I have never played for the crowds. I enjoy my game and even if I am playing a fifth-division match, I’ll enjoy it a lot. The atmosphere doesn’t matter. Obviously, I’ll raise my game to the occasion but I definitely love playing the game so I am not missing anything at all.”

Fitness and Ashwin

Ever since Kohli has been appointed as the captain across formats, fitness has been the mantra. Now, it has become a parameter to be part of the 2019 World Cup.

Ashwin respects the new system in place and is up for the challenge, I’m a man of the system. Any system put in place I strive to the best of my abilities to try and match up to it. Every leader has his own vision of how to bring the team about, and this is the vision of the current leadership group. It’s very important to respect it. If I was a leader, I would expect everyone else to respect it. I have been doing some great conditioning ever since I missed the IPL. I have trained pretty madly. I am completely in compliance with whatever they do.

County Experience

A number of county teams had an eye on top Indian players. Ashwin, Jadeja and Kohli were few players who were on the radar. However, Ashwin received a call up from Worcestershire.

Ashwin recollected his county experience and mentioned, I have missed the IPL and I missed a fair amount of cricket this year due to injuries and due to unfortunate happenings in the combination of the team or whatever you may want to call it. I had been in touch with a few guys in England and they had been asking me (to play county cricket). One such message landed in my inbox one day and I didn’t even know that I wasn’t playing the ODI series (Australia). I just said I would be interested to be there. Eventually, it all worked out, and the club I went to was one of the best clubs there.

He ended his county stint with 13 wickets off 3 matches at 33.46. He also scored 132 runs at an average of 33.