Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has said that he will love to play the T20 World Cup 2021 which will be played in India in October-November if given chance and will give it his all. However, he said that he is happy playing Test cricket for now.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the hero of Team India’s Test series leveling victory in Chennai, where he picked 8 wickets including his 29th five-wicket haul, and also made his fifth Test century-106. He was named the Player of the Match as well.
However, he last played a white-ball match for India back in 2017 and was then sidelined along with Ravindra Jadeja as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav came to the fore. While Ravindra Jadeja has forced his way back into the Indian white-ball team for both ODI and T20I formats; Ashwin has not been able to do the same.
Not A Realistic Dream For Me To Play The T20 World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin has a good record for India, picking 150 wickets in 111 ODIs and 52 T20I wickets in 46 matches thus far. He was part of India’s 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy-winning teams and played in the last T20 World Cup to be hosted by India in 2016.
“For me it’s very realistic not a dream (to play in T20 World Cup). The space I am in right now, I’m enjoying whatever I’m doing on a day-to-day basis. It’s been more about the process, it’s more about what how, and when rather than this that and there. That’s something which can make you chase and make you desperate.
“There are a lot of cricketers who have done very well for India in different formats. I’ve been out of the (T20) team for the last 3 years but every time I have got an opportunity in the IPL I have put a very earnest attempt and contributed in whatever way I can,” Ashwin told reporters.
Ashwin has been a staple in the Indian Premier League scene as well, first playing for Chennai Super Kings and then moving to the Rising Pune Supergiant and is now a part of Delhi Capitals after captaining Punjab Kings for a couple of seasons. His record is 138 wickets from 154 matches at 26.81.
Ravichandran Ashwin still feels he is good enough with the white ball and said that if the team management sees it fit and gives him an opportunity to play in limited-overs internationals again, he will give it his best shot.
“If the team deems it fit and obviously I will think I’m good enough. If I get my opportunity I will give it my best shot,” Ashwin told reporters after the match in Chennai.