Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was not included in India’s playing XI in all four Test games against England last year, has said that he has already forgotten about the things that happened in England.
The 5th and last Test match of the series between India and England, which was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp, will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1. Also, India have a 2-1 lead in the Test series.
Meanwhile, Ashwin said that he tends to forget things very quickly. He added that he wants India to win the rescheduled Test against England so that he can say that he was part of the team that won the Test series in Australia and England.
“I have had my own mental conditioning coach. I have gone through a lot personally, and I tend to forget things very quickly now. So, what’s happened last year in England I have forgotten it; only the good things I try to carry forward.
“I will be so happy and gunning for the team to win 3-1 because I can turn back and say I was in an Indian team which won in Australia, which won in England. Unfortunately we couldn’t win in South Africa, so that’s what I want,” said Ashwin on the sidelines of an event held recently in Mumbai.
You can’t challenge conditions – Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin further asserted that a player can never challenge the conditions in cricket.
“I have been taught cricket very differently. You can’t challenge conditions, if the conditions are against you, you have to make the best choices. Somewhere I feel these things go out of the window and personal vendetta does come through and that’s why I have this habit of saying, ‘okay forget things and move on’,” said Ashwin.
Ravichandran Ashwin also talked about veteran India batter Cheteshwar Pujara, who made a comeback to the Test side after being dropped from the team ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka at home. Notably, Pujara had smashed back-to-back centuries for Sussex in the county championship, which helped him in making a comeback.
“Pujara was a thoroughbred Test cricketer always. Sometimes it’s just my thought process, in India, IPL is the biggest stage at this point of time and sometimes… we can tend to get carried away by the stage. Pujara has remained authentic.
“With respect to all that, we need to understand that he has done a very thankless job. He walks in at No 3, he doesn’t complain, he keeps grinding it out. I am so glad he went and made runs and earned his place back in the side. At the end of the day, good guys should win, they shouldn’t finish last.”
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