Champion Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the prime reasons behind the Men in Blue’s success in the longest format of the game in the last decade.
Ashwin, who has 377 wickets against his name in just 74 Tests, is the fastest to claim 300 Test wickets and the joint-fastest to 350 alongside Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan. But despite being one of India’s biggest match-winner, Ashwin’s achievements have often been downplayed by his detractors due to his underwhelming record in SENA during the first half of his career.
However, the champion spinner has been on a redemption spree when it comes to performing in overseas conditions, and following yet another brilliant tour of Australia, where he claimed 12 wickets across three Tests at an average of 28.83, the off-spinner feels that he has successfully exorcised the demons.
In the past three years, Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed 39 wickets in 11 Tests in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and England at an average of 29.97.
The next Indian spinner on the list is Ravindra Jadeja, who has taken 23 wickets in 6 Tests at an average of 26.46.
Following his brilliant performances in overseas conditions in the last three years, the Tamil Nadu tweaker feels that he has done enough to claim his rightful spot as the No.1 spinner in the world.
“I am looking to fight for my place, and when I’m doing that I need to emphasize my primary skill, which is to pick up wickets. Over the last two years in SENA tours, I think I have done enough to say I am the best spinner.” Ravichandran Ashwin told Times of India in an exclusive interview.