With his place in the limited-overs team seemingly not safe at the moment, India’s spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin has said he is ‘not desperate at all’ and is confident the ‘opportunity will come knocking’ on his door.
An indispensable part of the Test team, Ashwin has not featured prominently in limited-overs cricket in recent times. He did not play all the matches in the Champions Trophy and did not get included in the side for the series against Sri Lanka and Australia. The selectors have reiterated that the 30-year-old features in the team’s plan for the forthcoming World Cup, but the recent events have not suggested the same.
Since 2015 World Cup, India have played close to 50 ODIs, but Ashwin has played just 15 of them and his performances have not been promising either. In the 15 games, he managed only 17 wickets at 40.58. However, Ashwin is not worried with the latest snubs and is confident of getting the opportunity.
“I am not desperate at all. One day, the opportunity will come knocking on my door because I haven’t done too much wrong. So when I get the opportunity and when I am put in an occasion, I will probably try and raise my game to the best of my ability,” he added.
Ashwin also said he has no problems in accepting the current team-management demands which wants the players to be fitter and multidimensional.
“I am a man for systems and any system put in place, I would strive my level best to try and match up to it. Every leader has his own vision of how to bring the team about. This is the vision of the current leadership group and it’s important to respect it.
“I have been in great conditioning ever since I missed the IPL. I have trained madly. You have to take the test and decide how it goes. But I am completely in compliance with it,” he said.