I Am Currently In The Best Shape Possible – Ravichandran Ashwin
Team India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who made a return to the playing XI in the South Africa series says he is fit and the ball is coming out from the hand like a dream. Ashwin played a key role as the host routed the Proteas 3-0 in the three-match Test series.
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The veteran spinner made a return to the Indian team after almost nine months made an immediate impact. He claimed seven wickets in the first innings of the first Test and returned with eight in total. He has also significant contributions in Pune and Ranchi to end with 15 scalps – the highest by a bowler in the series.
Ravichandran Ashwin is currently focusing more on off-spin in contrary to him using more of variations. He also optimistic about his form with the bat in the County Cricket; however, very less opportunity has come his way in international cricket. Ashwin said he is totally fit and is in best of form.
“I have always focussed on off-spin, got 80 to 90% of wickets with it. Dismissed a lot of right-handers,” Ashwin said to The Hindu. “I am fit and the ball is coming out from the hand like a dream. I am not thinking too much technically. Had some very good batting form too at county cricket but have lately not received too many opportunities for India,” he added.
Furthermore, Ravichandran Ashwin also heaped praise on skipper Virat Kohli from leading the team from the front. The veteran off-spinner also hailed head coach Ravi Shastri for coming up with something useful. Ashwin also said that the atmosphere in the current set-up is very good.
“Virat has led from the front. He has captained India to so many series wins. He deserves credit. Whenever I have had a conversation with Shastri, he comes up with something useful. With the team winning so much, the atmosphere within has to be good,” he continued.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who last played a limited-overs game for India in 2017 is still hopeful to play white-ball cricket. The spinner said he is one of the best in business and can come back to the side. Notably, Ashwin had a good time in the IPL earlier this year with Kings XI Punjab.
“I consider myself one of the best, if not the best spinner in Twenty20 cricket. I had a very good IPL last year. I don’t think age is a factor. Imran Tahir is 40. I have the variety and the experience. My hopes are alive,” Ashwin concluded.