Indian National Cricket team off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is currently regaining his full fitness from the injury he sustained during the first Test against Australia, which kept him out of the remainder of the series. Although injuries didn’t allow him to dominate as much as he would have liked, Ashwin still ended up as the most successful spinner of the year.
Meanwhile, since making his debut in November 2011, Ravichandran Ashwin has 342 wickets to his tally. This is the best among spinner since he stepped into the international arena. He is the fastest to 250 and 300 Test wickets. Strangely, criticism has run parallelly, especially with regards to his performance overseas. He has been one of the pivotal characters in India’s success in the longer format of the game. However, Ashwin had to deal with perceptions right through his career.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that he has never played cricket for the sake of money and game. In addition to, he also stated that he would stop playing if he stops enjoying the game.
“Leave out the money and the celebrity status that has come my way thanks to the game. I have never played for the sake of those things. I play because I love it and because I enjoy it from the bottom of my heart. If I don’t get that feeling, I will stop,” Ashwin said.
Furthermore, the veteran off-spinner in regard to always asking more out of him said that he keeps demanding more from him to strive for the best everytime he steps on the field. Moreover, he also admitted he tries to stay true to himself and don’t give an ear to the criticisms and perceptions. He also stated that he is honest with opinions and says straight to face when asked for.
“It doesn’t matter where I’m playing or for which team. For me, it’s about being competitive and giving my best. In that regard, I’m hard on myself most of the time. I keep demanding more. Deep down, I need to stay true to my character and not be bothered about criticism or perceptions.
If someone tries to character-assassinate me because of that, that’s fine. I’m not one who will do that. I’m different that way. When someone asks for an honest opinion, I need to tell the truth rather than something that pleases people,” he concluded.