Ravichandran Ashwin’s fortunes in ODI and T20I cricket continue to disappoint him. The off-spinner lost his place in India’s white-ball teams after the tour of the Caribbeans in 2017 and has not received another call since then. While Ashwin continues to remain India’s spearhead in Test cricket, it looks highly unlikely that he would return to the limited-overs format teams anytime soon.
Recently, he received another setback after being ignored for the World Cup. But it has not stopped Ashwin from giving his best in the ongoing Indian Premier League where he is leading Kings XI Punjab. The Kings XI skipper has been in fine form in the ongoing season. He has given his team breakthroughs at crucial junctures throughout this competition. In 12 games so far, Ashwin has picked up 14 wickets while conceding just over 7 runs per over.
At a time when wrist-spinner are dominating the scenes, Ashwin has proved his worth. The Tamil Nadu star has kept the batsmen guessing with his bag of tricks including the likes of legbreaks, carrom balls, the arm ball, as well as one he calls the “reverse carrom”. Brimming with confident with the way he has performed this season, Ashwin has now said that he is the best spinner in the IPL this season.
“Once I have become an expert and I am paid for it, I would do that job (assess other spinners). But right now, I would like to think that I am right up there and I have been for a long time now. It’s my 11th season of the IPL, so I would like to think I have done a fairly good job. I have never shied away from competing with anyone. I am right on top of the pile. But look, there are going to be people who will be better than you and you will be overtaken at some stage,” Ravichandran Ashwin told Hindustan Times.