Last Update on: September 14th, 2023 at 09:10 pm
The veteran India National Cricket Team off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that he has tattooed Indian cricket close to his heart and is ready to give his hundred percent whenever the team needs him.
Ravichandran Ashwin is not in India’s scheme of things in ODIs and T20Is and he only represents the side currently in Test cricket. He was not picked in the squad for Asia Cup 2023 and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is set to be played in India.
In a video shared on his official YouTube channel, Ravichandran Ashwin said that he has had a lot of ups and downs in his enormously successful international cricket career. He also recalled his conversation with Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra. Ravichandran Ashwin elaborated:
“I have been playing for the last 14-15 years for Team India. I have had my great moments. I have had my fair share of failures too. I was talking to Abhinav Bindra that day. He said, ‘I have failed more than I succeeded.'”
“Even I have had my fair share of failures and successes. But I have tattooed Indian cricket close to my heart. If they require my service even tomorrow, I will be ready and will give my 100 percent,” he added.
I feel like we should give some space – Ravichandran Ashwin on Axar Patel
Ravichandran Ashwin has also backed Axar Patel, saying that there are very high expectations from the all-rounder and that he needs to be given some space. Ravichandran Ashwin said:
“At this point of time, we are expecting a lot from Axar Patel. I feel like we should give some space. If we don’t have Axar, who is doing that role? Shardul. What are you expecting from him? 5-6 or sometimes 8 overs and pick 2-3 wickets.”
“We should expect the same from Axar. As a bowler, we should understand what he is going through. Will Axar give you 10 overs every day? Maybe not. When the volume of overs comes down, he might end up pitching where he didn’t intend it to. If he keeps bowling more overs and once he gets his confidence, he will be set.”
India have been undefeated so far in the Asia Cup 2023 and their next clash is a dead-rubber encounter against Bangladesh on Friday, September 15.