Ravichandran Ashwin praises dressing room culture at Chennai Super Kings

Ravichandran Ashwin has represented the Chennai Super Kings in all five seasons of the Indian Premier League so far © AFP

Chennai: Apr 3, 2013

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who represents Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), spoke about the dressing room culture at his franchise.

“The Chennai Super Kings have a very homely touch to what they do. They are very friendly people. The franchise has been involved in cricket for years together. They are cricket people. They know how to run cricket,” he said to Subash Jayaraman of www.thecricketcouch.com

Talking about the emotions that come into the picture while playing country and for club in IPL, Ashwin said, “If I have to answer that, it will get a little funny. The thing is that, over a period of time when you play 4 or 5 editions of IPL, you tend to get loyalties to your own franchise and you want to achieve something away from it. You have a different team, you have different teammates and you have to achieve success from a different angle. That is what helps you to separate yourself from international games and IPL club games and all that because you have to achieve against each other, prove a point. These are the kind of things that will motivate people. It has just developed over the last five years. So, it is easier. You want to achieve success with different teams, for different reasons.”

Recalling an incident from IPL 2011 when Ashwin managed to dismiss Chris Gayle cheaply in the final, he said, “With respect to what happened with Chris Gayle, I had my numbers on him. I had a lot of confidence bowling at him. Obviously, for me it is all about how the ball comes out of the hand. I can really get on top of the game and really know that it is coming well out of my hands and everything is running pretty well. So, I would just chuck everything else and stick to my plan. Even when I am batting, when some of the bowlers come on to bowl, I know that I can take them apart. Likewise, if you see someone, you know that you can definitely either get him out or you can pin him down, especially in a T20 game. There are certain players that you can be wary of, who if they get hold of they can take you to the cleaners. Generally, these types of things in a T20 game can happen instinctively. It all boils down to how much experience you have accumulated and how much information that you have taken. Those crunch moments define how well you can read the situation.”