Though Ravichandran Ashwin facing tough time in his professional career, he got the backing from the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who called the off-spinner as crucial member of the Indian National Cricket Team in longer version of the game.

Ravichandran Ashwin entered an important phase in his career where he had to become the matchwinner that he was at home on the road as well. He started India’s tour of England on a high, picking up 7 wickets in the Birmingham Test. However, when he was needed the most-in the 4th Test in Southampton with India trailing 1-2 — Ashwin’s body let him and the team down.

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Ravichandran Ashwin has been there for a long time – Sachin Tendulkar

Limited-overs omission did play in his mind but he focussed on getting his red ball skill right with some fine performances in the county championships earlier this year. Ashwin had to wait longer to return to the senior national team, having spent his time in West Indies warming the benches.

Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Ashwin will be keen on proving a point and expect him to do well in what has been his favourite hunting ground over the years.

“Ashwin is one of the leading bowlers. And he has done well not with just the ball but also contributed by scoring crucial runs. So, I think he is an integral part of this Indian team without any doubt,” Tendulkar told PTI during an exclusive interaction.

Ravichandran Ashwin
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“I think ups and downs are going to be there in everyone’s career. Ashwin has been around for a long time and has done well, shown consistency. Ashwin for me remains one of the most important players in this Indian set-up,” said world’s top run-getter in Tests and ODI cricket.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn for the off-spinner. Not only with the ball, the Test against South Africa is going to be crucial for him with the bat as well.

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