Ravichandran Ashwin says that he is not at all disappointed on not being named the vice-captain of the Test team after Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy role once Virat Kohli left the Australia tour post the first Test in Adelaide. Cheteshwar Pujara was made the vice-captain for the second Test in Melbourne, and later limited-overs vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, who returned to the Test eleven was named the deputy for Rahane.
After making his Test debut for India 2011, Ravichandran Ashwin has snared 377 wickets and is regarded amongst the finest off-spinners and sharpest brains in cricket.
One may have assumed that Ashwin may get the vice-captaincy for being a fixed feature in the line-up and one of the most successful players in the team. However, he says it is irrelevant to him as everyone has their own plans on the field.
“Honestly speaking, I am not disappointed and it is irrelevant to me. I go out there and make my own plans and get the fields that I want. The captains and vice-captains that I have played with have been very supportive of whatever I have wanted,” as quoted by The New Indian Express, R Ashwin said.
Lucky to have shared the dressing room with some wonderful players: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked 12 wickets in India’s victorious series in Australia, feels fortunate to have played alongside some of the greats of Indian cricket, past, and present. The 34-year-old was part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad and now is a Test specialist.
“I am lucky to have shared the dressing room with some wonderful players in the past and again sharing the dressing room with some great players like Virat Kohli, Rahane, Pujara. These are not small names and once I hang up my boots I will realize the significance of sharing the dressing room with such people even more.”
“But I think I’m truly blessed to be playing alongside these guys and sometimes I do think that it can be a tough call on who you want to go as a vice-captain but it is extremely irrelevant to me,” Ravichandran Ashwin added.